Category Archives: Monastic Monday

Monastic Monday: Receiving Guests

The Rule of St. Benedict’s reading for today concerns the reception of guests at the monastery.  The Bible and ancient culture have a great emphasis on hospitality.  Abraham hosts the three “angels,” Jesus invited himself over to Zacchaeus’s house, he … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 6: Prayer

I have previously talked about the Liturgy of the Hours (you can find that post here), but in this post I want to talk about prayer more generally.  All monks and nuns pray.  It is the most important thing that … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 5: Conversion of Life

This practice is a very difficult one to just sum up and put a neat little bow on, saying this is how you do it go have fun.  This looks different for each person; it is the process of changing … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Guest Post

Today, I have posted on a different blog about Stability.  Sarah Carey has posted on my blog before and I have returned the favor for her.  As you will remember Sarah is in South Korea for the year teaching English. … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 3: Hospitality

One aspect of the monastic practices that is sometimes forgotten by the world is the monasteries commitment to hospitality.  The Rule of St. Benedict makes the role of hospitality clear.  The start to chapter 53 of the Rule sets the … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 2: Chastity

I know you might be thinking to yourself, what is this guy going to tell me about chastity, he is married and has a kid.  So obviously he sucks at chastity.  Well my answer is that you (person I made … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 1: Simplicity

In the next few weeks I hope to post about several of the common/general monastic vows.  Many of the Western Monastic traditions are characterized by similar monastic vows, for example: obedience and chastity.  There are also common practices, such as … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Mercy for Dummies (and Jerks)

As announced last Monday, there is a guest post from Sarah Carey.  You can find out a little bit more about Sarah here (from last week’s Monastic Monday post).  You can also find out more about Sarah and her time in … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Coming Soon – Guest Post

Hey everyone, A post is coming, I have not forgot about the monastic fans for today.  I have asked a friend of mine, Sarah Carey, to share some of her thoughts about mercy and monasticism with us today. Sarah is … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: The Liturgy of the Hours

Cloistered monastics usually hold to the Liturgy of the Hours, seven prayer services practiced in a monastery.  The Hours were developed by St. Benedict of Nursia, who took the form from John Cassian’s writings, on the practices of the Desert … Continue reading

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