Why Trappists Make Great Spiritual Guides

The Silent Dialogue

If you want access to a living Catholic contemplative tradition, look to the Trappists.In the past few weeks I've read three books that demonstrate the wisdom of Trappist monks. Two of the books are new, and one is an overlooked gem from twenty years ago. One of the titles is written by a monk; the others by laypersons who share how the friendship and guidance of monks helped them in periods of transition in their own spiritual journey.First up is Seeking Surrender: How My Friendship … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Catholicism is the "one true church" only when it points beyond itself to the "one true Mystery," and offers itself as the training ground for both human liberation and divine union. — Richard Rohr, Falling Upward … [Read more...]

Communion and the Broken Body

As the National Conference of Catholic Bishops puts it, Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Communion. To put in the language of the street: Catholics have closed communion. Non-Catholics are not invited to the table (well, technically Eastern Orthodox Christians can receive communion in a Catholic Church, … [Read more...]