Catherine Nixey is right: the early Christians were violently destructive. So were the Romans, the Persians, and the plagues that swept across the ancient world.
Sometimes prayer takes us where we don't intend to go.
People assume that silence and peace can be simply harnessed together, silence as Xanax for the soul. But that's not how deserts work.
Must we lose monastic communities before we realize how profound their presence is in our lives?