Have I got your attention? You have mine.


When I was a child, I was told it was rude to stare, but never told why. Only later was I to discover that staring can make the object of the stare self-conscious, which is uncomfortable for them, especially if they have something to be ashamed of.

Countering this, I also learned that “a cat can look at the queen” which taught me that great people in the public eye must not be scared of being looked at by even the lowliest of observers, including the palace cat.

It was only as a parent that I saw for the first time the amazed intense stare of an infant as they examine the world around them. We called our youngest son “The Professor” in honour of his fearless spirit of enquiry, thus expressed. His stare did not make us nervous.

There are Angels and Saints who stare at us all the time while we remain unawares, possibly asking themselves “What is the silly blighter going to do next? (God love him!)”. There are demons watching us too, licking their lips in anticipation of a feeding frenzy

If only we were more conscious of their over-sight! We might then be more careful how we live.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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2 Responses to Staring

  1. kathleen says:

    That baby is just too gorgeous – I feel like picking him up and smothering him in kisses! Is he “The Professor” Brother Burrito?

    Nice article; it reminds us that we may hide our sins from others, but GOD SEES everything!

    On reflecting on the wonderful Psalm 139, Blessed John Henry Newman says:

    “My great God, you know all that is in the universe, because you yourself have made it. It is the very work of your hands. You are omniscient, because you are omnicreative. You know each part, however minute, as perfectly as you know the whole. You know mind as perfectly as you know matter. You know the thoughts and purposes of every soul as perfectly as if there were no other soul in the whole of your creation. You know me through and through; all my present, past, and future are before you as one whole. You see all those delicate and evanescent motions of my thought which altogether escape myself. You can trace every act, whether deed or thought, to its origin and can follow it into its whole growth and consequences. You know how it will be with me at the end; you have before you that hour when I shall come to you to be judged. How awful is the prospect of finding myself in the presence of my judge! Yet, O Lord, I would not that you should not know me. It is my greatest stay to know that you read my heart. Oh, give me more of that openhearted sincerity which I have desired. Keep me ever from being afraid of your eye, from the inward consciousness that I am not honestly trying to please you. Teach me to love you more, and then I shall be at peace, without any fear of you at all.”


  2. Brother Burrito says:

    No Kathleen, that isn’t “The Professor”, but looks just like him as most babies do.

    I love your quote from Newman, so true and so soulful.


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