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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 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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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Lectio Divina

Today I would like to talk about the ancient prayer practice of the Church, Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  The Church has used this prayer practice since the early Church.  Origen of Alexandria is believed to have been the first to … 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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Saints Friday: Monks and Martyrs

There are not really any good saint feast days coming up within the next week.  I know there is St. Valentine’s day, but there is almost no information available about St. Valentine.  So instead of trying to write a lot of … 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: 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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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Obedience

Obedience is an important spiritual virtue; many Christians have expressed this throughout Christian history.  One of my favorite stories about obedience comes from the writings of the desert father (and mothers). Story Time(!): There was once a desert monk, who was … Continue reading

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