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While I have made significant progress in my ‘taking the habit’ journey, today I want to share some revelation I’ve had regarding another part of my calling. Taking the discipline of the Hours, (also known as the Daily Office), was part of my monastic journey I tried to jump into right away.  Early research informed […]

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Each individual [hermit], as indeed each monastic community, went it’s own way.  Celtic monasticism carried no stereotype. …There is a traditional story of a discussion between the heads of two monasteries about the virtues of celibacy [for monks] or not, to which the reply was that neither should claim superiority since everyone would get to […]

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  For insight in developing a Prayer rhythm, I encourage all monks to visit the Refectorium and check on a discussion in Fireside Fellowship called “August Approaches”.   Check out what other monks are doing  as part of their daily prayer, and share your own methods and struggles. Consistency can be difficult to develop.  While […]

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If Cave is the place of solitude, and Road is engaging in the world where the life of faith is lived out, then Refectory is the space in which stories are shared, and community is lived   ~Ian Adams In monasteries of old was the Refectory, a place to nourish body and soul through simple […]

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If ever there was a time to rejoice in the Mysteries of our faith, surely Advent is it.  It is the time we remember Heaven invading Earth in the ultimate stealth move – the Lord of All, the King of kings entering time and space in an offensive move to deliver a death blow to […]

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I’ve been ill the last few days, and starting to find my rhythm again. The Daily Office, or Praying the Hours is my anchor in this.  These times set apart to God are the stalwart stones around which the rest of my life flows. The nature of how I spend these times has altered over […]

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  More basic contemplation resources are Centering Prayer and some tools from Ignatian Spirituality.  A brief description of each is below, but clicking the links above will get you more infomation.

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Having been over two years on a contemplative path, there are certain resources I would strongly recommend to others who want to learn to seek our Creator in silence. Above all, remember that the purpose of spending time in contemplation or meditation is not about perfecting any given technique, but is to set time aside […]

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Meditation and contemplation are extremely counter-culture (often even counter-church culture) activities requiring persistence over time to become adept, but yield great rewards. One monk described it as ‘wasting time with God’. Protestant evangelicals can have a particularly difficult time giving themselves permission to be still before the Lord. But what can be more important than […]

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My entire adult life I have sought to understand and apprehend the concept of oneness with Christ, of abiding in him, and to apply these concepts to my daily life. I studied the Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence,  Like Christ by Andrew Murray and many others before discovering in Celtic Christianity […]

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