Monday, August 31, 2015


This weekend a 27-year old from the Philadelphia region entered the postulancy (pre-novitiate) of our community. I always feel that we are so very blessed when these events occur.

It's not so much whether they remain in the community for the rest of their lives. If that works out, fine. What's truly awesome is that "seekers"---those who are truly interested and attracted to the faith life, the search for God, the mysteries therein---choose to do that seeking with and among us.

In her classic commentary on the themes of the Rule of Benedict, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister writes---not only for the newcomer but for jubilarians, too: "To live the Benedictine Rule, it is not a set of mechanics we need; it is a change of heart and a turn of mind....The spirituality we develop is the filter through which we view our world and the limits within which we operate....Contemplative prayer is prayer that leads us to see our world through the eyes of God....We pray so that when the incense disappears we can still see the world as holy."

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