On Being a Lay Cistercian

"Are you a monk?"I get asked that question a lot, especially when I'm at the monastery where I work and pray and lead retreats. Perhaps it's because of my greying hair and scruffy beard. Whatever the reason, I always see it as a compliment, but of course, I'm not a monk. So I say, "No, I'm not; I'm what is called a Lay Cistercian.""What's that?" is the inevitable follow-up question."I'm a layperson, like any other — I have a wife and a daughter and a monthly mortgage to pay. But I do … [Read more...]