anthony de mello, s.j.


When someone boasted of the economic and cultural achieve-
ments of his country, the Master was quite unimpressed.  “Have all
those achievements made the slightest change in the hearts of your
countrymen?” he asked.

And the Master told of the American who was captured by
cannibals and brought before the chief prior to being roasted alive.
He was astonished when he heard the chieftain speak with a perfect
Harvard accent.

“Did your hears in Harvard do nothing to change you?” the

American asked.

“Of course they did.  They civilized me.  After you’re roasted, I
shall dress for dinner and eat you with knife and fork.”

Anthony de Mello, S.J.

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