Grounded

"In his will is our peace"
Here is a lesson in monastic stability, transposed to a domestic key: I am invited to give a talk to a general chapter of Benedictine monastic communities, meeting at a historic abbey in Italy. Such occasions, which take place only once every eight years, normally are private affairs involving intramural matters like the election of an abbot president and revision of monastic statutes. But for two years leading up to the event, participating monasteries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas have been engaged in a collective self-study, endeavoring to discern what God is asking of them in their monastic life vis-à-vis the contemporary world. And they have decided that it would be good to hear the perspective of an ordinary nonmonastic woman like me.

 

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