|Billy Crystal, digging his own grave|
The other fella says, "The gallows-maker, for that frame outlives a thousand tenants."
It was a pretty witty reply, but not the correct answer. The first gravedigger twists the answer to seem sacrilegious and then gives the correct answer: "A grave-maker. The houses that he makes last till doomsday."
Indeed, three of the five oldest structures in Britain are graves of one kind or another, each more than 5000 years old. These are not just bones in the mud; they are cairns and tombs built, as the Clown said, to last until doomsday.
|A monk's beehive cell|
A Northumbrian nobleman, he accompanied his friend on a pilgrimage to Rome when he was twenty-five. Actually, his friend didn't go the distance, but Benny did, after which he was all caught up in God. He went on another pilgrimage to Rome twelve years later, and on his way home, stopped off at a monastery for a couple years monastic instruction. Then he went back to Rome, picked up the next Archbishop of Canterbury (Theodore of Tarsus) and headed for Britain.
|Appropriately reflected in glass|
If you are a mason, a glassworker, a musician, or a painter, take a moment to appreciate the contribution of your patron, Saint Benedict Biscop.