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St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

Whether you’ve read The Benedict Option or not, there is a good chance you’ve heard of it or even had a discussion about it. This book written by Rod Dreher has spurred many important discussions on how we as Christians should build community. It has also brought Saint Benedict of Nursia and monasticism into the mainstream conversation among Christians. What Dreher is describing is real […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

“Thus monastic chastity is completed in love, just as the sacrament of marriage is consummated in love.” —Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Of all the monastic virtues I have written about so far, monastic Chastity (celibacy) most often makes religious life and married life seem worlds apart. AsPatriarch Bartholomew once said, “It is, therefore, unfortunate that centuries of negative connotations ascribed to […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Keeping Tradition Alive

Lessons From A Monastery: Keeping Tradition Alive

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. (2 Thess. 2:15) There are two extremes in the Church right now regarding Tradition. The first is to disregard anything one finds irrelevant to our modern age. Meanwhile, the other extreme is to […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” —Dorothy Day In a religious community you will find people from all different walks of life, different cultures, and backgrounds. These Christians come together to form a new family of God’s, a community of believers, working together […]

Lessons from a Monastery: Leaving the World

Lessons from a Monastery: Leaving the World

“Consecrated persons are also a sign of this universal call to holiness,  which each person receives at their baptism.” -Pope Francis  2015 is the Year of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. This year isn’t just for religious, but for the entire Church. Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter to all Consecrated People ,addressed the laity also when he wrote “In this letter, I wish to speak not only to consecrated persons, but […]

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

From Pope Francis: All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the pope said Nov. 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something […]

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