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360-degree photo panoramas of Armenian medieval monasteries, compliments of Smithsonian, Armenia and USAID

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Evidence of 5th or 6th century monastic life discovered in Somerset.

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

http://www.raptitude.com/2015/05/first-world-fear/

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

contemporary reflections on the Rule of St Benedict.

Does Benedictine monasticism necessarily imply withdrawal?

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

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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.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/09/horror-nuns-raped-murdered-in-burundi/

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/africa/2014/09/10/burundi-police-arrest-man-for-nuns–murder.html

Macrina Walker alerted me to this intriguing project, the establishment of an Orthodox monastery on the Scottish island of Mull.

May God bless this effort, Father Seraphim!

5 acres - $100K

5 acres – $100K

Iona pilgrimage 2014

Iona pilgrimage 2014

Steve Hayes sent me this link to some pictures of an Orthodox pilgrimage to Iona.

I didn’t realise this connection existed but there we go.

Here’s the text of a message given by Jim Forest during the pilgrimage, “Learning to love our enemies.”