Posts in the Monk in the World category

October theme: Hospitality

Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for he is going to say:  I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt. 25:35). —Rule of St Benedict 53:1-2 This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected […]

Silence as a Door to Reverence:
A CinemaDivina Prayer Offering

The theme for September here at the Abbey is silence based on the first principle of the Monk Manifesto: "I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation."  (Please consider stopping by to sign the […]

Monk in the World Video Meditation: Silence

A deep bow of gratitude again to everyone who participated in last week's Photo Party. I was so moved by the visual expressions of silence I decided to create a short visual meditation. First, my apologies that I couldn't include everyone's photos. There were so many amazing ones.  I wanted the video to be under […]

This is Not Photography (by Joanna Paterson)

This is not photography. This is flower watching in sweet, soft September sunshine. This is the smell of the lavender filling my senses. This is the sound of the river rushing past, and the buzz of the bees going mad with abundance in the herbs. This is earth time before office time. This is stolen […]

What Shimmers from the Silence?

It is in the silence that my hope is, and my aim. A song whose lines I cannot make or sing sounds men's silence like a root. Let me say and not mourn: the world lives in the death of speech and sings there. —Wendell Berry, excerpted from "The Silence" There is indeed something spectacular […]

September Theme: Silence

Be still. Listen to the stones of the wall. Be silent, they try to speak your name. —Thomas Merton, excerpt from "In Silence" *The gorgeous icon to the right is by Father William Hart McNichols at St. Andrei Rublev Icons — Hagia Hesychia or Holy Silence) Here at the Abbey, we work to offer you resources to […]

Monk Manifesto – a visual meditation gift for you

Hello my dear and beautiful monks, I have made the long journey across the ocean and am settling into my new home in Vienna, Austria.  More about the pilgrimage to be posted here soon as well as photos, but in the meantime I have a present for you! Don't you just love presents! Pour yourself a […]

Monk in the World free podcast on Conversion now available!

This is the final month in a seven-month series of free podcasts on the principles of the Monk Manifesto.  The seventh principle of conversion states: "I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations." In my reflections I explore the gift of wonder, […]

The Artist Begins Again and Again

University of St Andrews is hosting an art and monasticism symposium at their Transpositions blog.  I wrote about beginning again and again as an artist: As artists and creative people we are filled with the best of intentions. We are inspired with big visions and a longing to express ourselves freely and fully. We begin […]

New Monk in the World Podcast on Sabbath

I have a brand new free podcast on the practice of Sabbath and becoming a monk in the world at the Abbey. Stop by this link to listen or download. The sixth principle of the Monk Manifesto states: "I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbathand resist a culture […]