Simplicity, Silence, Stillness, Solitude

As I seek to move deeper into the contemplative life, I try to keep in mind the gifts of simplicity, silence, and solitude. Simplicity, in choosing to liberate my life from the tyranny of too much "stuff," of too many commitments of my time and energy, of too many causes to which I can devote — and dissipate — my energy. Silence, in letting go not only of external stimuli like the incessant buzz and chatter of the media, music, television, the internet, and so forth, but also the more insidious i … [Read more...]

Cloister of the Heart

The other day I had a wonderful chat with a friend of mine who is a Lay Cistercian and who regularly makes retreats at the monastery where I work. As Lay Cistercians, we have a unique perspective on monastic spirituality and what it can mean for those of us who are not, and not called to be, monks. Lay Cistercians, incidentally, are like Benedictine Oblates, Secular Franciscans, or Third Order Carmelites: people who are not called to the consecrated religious life, but who are nonetheless drawn … [Read more...]


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