ISIS just 6km from St Matthews Monastery in Iraq. But the monks won’t leave…

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“…the monastic idea of renunciation tends to seem burdensome to us. It implies feelings of deprivation and loss. But he learned to view renunciation instead as non-addiction to our desires, which turned it on its head — rather than the adoption of a new burden, it’s the shedding of an old one.” David Cain

Monastery At Mount Ararat, Armenia Photo | One Big Photo.

contemporary reflections on the Rule of St Benedict.


A New Monastic Response

Ian Mobsby’s address to the Archbishops Examination Day, Lambeth Palace, 9 Oct 2014

Any way we can view this film in South Africa?

Radical GraceWhile the Catholic Church has sought to control US Nuns through what has been called the “New Inquisition,” it has been unsuccessful in its efforts.  The film Radical Grace documents the response of Sr. Simone Campbell, Sr. Jean Hughes, and Sr. Chris Shenk and is nothing short of brilliant.  Producers Rebecca Parrish and Nicole Bernardi-Reis chronicle their holy journeys in maintaining their vows by challenging the Vatican.  A full review of the film can be read here.

Please consider supporting the film through its crowdfund campaign.  The opportunity to meditate with Sr. Simone is incentive enough!  Congrats to Rebecca and Nicole on their fantastic project and much gratitude to Sr. Simone, Sr. Jean, and Sr. Chris for reminding us that “love is blind but obedience shouldn’t be.”

On April 30, the Vatican Doctrine of Faith “told the leadership group they were ignoring procedures for choosing speakers for their…

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Does Benedictine monasticism necessarily imply withdrawal?

The Dominican Option | C. C. Pecknold | First Things.










Lord, have mercy. I understand that police have arrested a suspect already.

Olga Raschietti, 83, Lucia Pulici, 75, Bernadetta Boggian, aged 79. I haven’t heard of the Saverian Order.–murder.html

Everyone wants to slow down these days; they just want to do it quickly.