Challenge and Witness of Community Life – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

“An idolatrous love of money, the selfish pursuit of profit without regard to ethics, risk, or consequence.” That is how the Archbishop of York recently described what has been going on in our financial institutions. Selfishness, greed, rampant individualism. No surprise that the Rule of our Society describes the culture in which we live like this: our culture “defines human beings as consumers, and gives prestige to those who have power to indulge themselves in luxury and waste.” Is that the model to which we aspire as men and women made ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ in the image of God? Born to be nothing more than individual, grasping consumers in one great market place? Continue reading

Prayer and Life – Br. David Vryhof

During this season of Lent we have been exploring the theme, ‘Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life.’  We’ve been asking ourselves what monastic spirituality can teach us about how we can live life well, particularly in these challenging days.  This afternoon we take up the topic of ‘Prayer and Life.’
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Becoming Silence – Kevin Hackett

We Brothers occasionally host local elementary and middle schools students for tours of our chapel when they are studying the Middle Ages.  The aspect of those visits I enjoy most is watching the hush fall over an otherwise chattering bunch of children as they enter the chapel. No one has to tell them to be quiet—they simply become still as they cross the threshold from the claustrophobic echo chamber of the narthex into vast openness of the slightly darkened chapel. Continue reading