Images from my Lay Cistercian Life Promises Ceremony

On May 6, 2012, I made my Lifetime Promises as a Lay Cistercian of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, affiliated with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. It's been quite a journey, the culmination of a five year formation process (and several months of discernment prior to that). Here are a few photographs taken on that happy day. If you want to learn more about Lay Cistercian spirituality, click here.  … [Read more...]

Contemplation and the Lay Cistercian Life

My latest column is now online at Patheos. It's called Beholding the One Who Beholds Us and, as always, you can access it by following the link.It's my most personal column to date. In it I talk about my recent profession of life promises as a Lay Cistercian, and explain how that is related to my sense of being called to a contemplative life — even though, technically speaking, I live a "mixed" life since I aspire to contemplation without formally entering monastic life.Please take a m … [Read more...]


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