Posts in the Monk in the World category

Orchard and Forest (a love note)

To receive this love note from your online Abbess direct to your email in-box each week subscribe here: The Apple Orchard (Excerpt) The trees, like those of Dürer, bear the weight of a hundred days of labor in their heavy, ripening fruit. They serve with endless patience to teach how even that which exceeds all […]

December Theme: Kinship with Creation

Forest and field, sun and wind and sky, earth and water, all speak the same silent language, reminding the monk that he is here to develop like the things that grow all around him.  —Thomas Merton For the month of December, we turn our attention to the principle of kinship with creation, as found in […]

November Theme: Community

To be a monk today or someone seeking to incorporate monastic values into his or her own life presumes being a part of a community of friends, people with whom a person can share the counsels of the heart and speak a language of the heart to one another. -Edward Sellner, Finding the Monk Within […]

Welcoming in Zeal:
A CinemaDivina Prayer Offering

The theme for October here at the Abbey is hospitality based on the second principle of the Monk Manifesto: 2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to […]

Practicing Generous Hospitality

Below is the love note from this week's Abbey newsletter.  If you don't already get it in your in-box you can subscribe here. Also, there is a beautiful gathering of poems at this week's Poetry Party on the theme of hospitality.  Stop by and linger for a while, then share your own by Sunday for a chance […]

Invitation to Photography: Hospitality

Welcome to the Abbey Photo Party! I select a theme and invite you to respond with images. Our theme here at Abbey of the Arts for October is hospitality, so I invite you to reflect visually on what either inner or outer hospitality – that radical act of welcoming in what feels most strange as the face of the holy […]