Struggling with Silence in an Instant-Gratification World

Silence allows us to rest from our own “noise within—our desires that plague us, our worries that deplete us, our thoughts that agitate us—that we must calm.” When we rest from the continual interior dialogue, we allow space for God to work within us. [Read more…]

Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality

What is monastic spirituality and what might it offer us and the world today? Author Carl McColman has written a beautiful new book that, while focusing on one particular order of monasticism, the Cistercians, reveals the very heart and soul of monastic life and practice. In doing so, he presents a radically counter-cultural expression of living in [Read More…]

Practicing Silence for Lent

The isolated, inhospitable desert holds attraction as a place to find deep spiritual wisdom, as evidenced by the desert history of Judaism and Christianity. [Read more…]