Cistercian Spirituality, Anyone?

My latest installment of the Let the Earth Keep Silence column is now live at Patheos: it’s called Cistercian Spirituality 101.

As always, I hope you’ll click on the link and take a look. And if you find it interesting, or would like to see more columns devoted to Cistercian spirituality, please say so (i.e., leave a comment, either here or there). I’m thinking it might be fun to write a series of columns on the Cistercian Charisms — but only if enough folks seem to be interested in the topic. So let me know what you think.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Janet Gardiner

    Hi Carl: Thank you for all your rich articles and insights. I very much enjoy and only wish I lived in Atlanta area and could get to particpate in some of your teachings and retreats.

    Love your idea of offering columns about Cistercian spirituality. Having lived for many years in the ‘real’ world and maintaining a frenetic pace related to ego ideals, consumerism, goal setting, acquisition, etc., I know the value of all that the Cistercian way of life offers. Everything you listed deserves a column, especially if you can offer practical suggestions related to how people transition out of the values of our current culture and into a life of simplicity, balance, silence, service, JOY. Sharing your experience, strength, and hope is a great gift to your readers. Thank you!

    Blessings and thanks – Janet G., New York City

  • Jean Murdock

    Carl–I have deeply appreciated your writings/teachings for quite some time and would be delighted to see more on the topic of silence. I have come to love the times that I can, “falling through to meet the one I always knew could be”, and be that place for which there are really no words in my own vocabulary. Holding you and your teaching in my prayers; thank you. Jeano — Roswell, GA

  • Mark

    Seeing as I’m planning to attend the Cistercian Spirituality retreat at the monastery this summer and am contemplating becoming a Lay Cistercian, I’d love to see more articles on this topic.

  • Ellie Brenny

    Absolutely! I am a Benedictine Oblate and feel much connection to the Cistertians.

    Thank for sharing your knowledge, insights and wisdom.

    It lends support, depthness and enlarges my sense of Community – Our Journey continues! Alleluia!

    In Christ,

    Ellie Benny, Obl SB

  • Michael

    Would greatly appreciate more on the Cistercians.