Category Archives: Monasticism

Thomas Merton on Charity

Too often Christian charity is understood in an entirely superficial way, as though it were no more than gentleness, kindness, and affability. It certainly includes all these things, but it goes far beyond them. Thus Thomas Merton begins an essay … Continue reading

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Aiming For Discipline, Not Doctrine

John Allen at Crux continues his pre-synod features on the family and related issues. I see the stories and mostly opinion pieces on that new site, including today’s projected compromise. Tackling the unforgiveable sin, remarriage after a divorce, this will … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Atchison Blue

Yesterday I overheard my colleague Shari describe our parish library to a prospective student as “one of the best theological libraries in Iowa.” That may be right. It also has amazing spiritual riches, like this book by the poet and journalist Judith … Continue reading

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Antarctic Monasticism

Feeling a bit better today. But with howling winds pushing the falling and fallen snow, I don’t think I’ll be venturing out until much later today. They already closed the church office. Did I mention this was tabbed the worst … Continue reading

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Lectio for Lent

From the PrayTell blog, a link to Abbot John Klassen’s talk on Lectio Divina. This was filmed during my visit to St John’s last November, and the abbot had requested an “audience,” to help engage the presentation. So we retreatants … Continue reading

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Dispelling a Myth: The Church is not a Democracy

My wife and I are on a few mailing lists for monasteries. Places we’ve visited hold a special affection, and I read their newsletters completely when they arrive at our home. A bit of reading has piled up this summer, … Continue reading

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Lovers of the Place

Rocco Palmo, as well as other writers, have reported on the death of Dom Francis Kline, abbot of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Dom Kline, a Trappist, will be buried tomorrow. Rocco also linked to an article in the State … Continue reading

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