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No Stereotype

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 heaven in any case.  Each monastery went its own way.

~Esther deWaal, Every Earthly Blessing; Rediscovering the Celtic Tradition


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