“Monasticism is Prophetic”

“Monasticism is prophetic, and it is prophetic primarily because of its simplicity. There is no agenda, just living and working with one another, listening to and praying with Scripture, devoting themselves to the breaking of the bread, being hospitable to the stranger and being patient with the eccentric. “Why is that prophetic? Because, with the…

Beyond the Black and the Red.01 – Cathedral & Monastic: Obsculta

This begins a series of reflections on liturgy. The focus will not, however, be on the liturgical texts themselves (the black and the red, i.e., black-ink texts to be spoken and red-ink rubrics to be followed) but on elements that contribute to an understanding of the spiritual context in which Anglican liturgy and monastic liturgy…

A St. John’s Contribution to the Love of Learning

The association of St. John’s Oblates with St. John’s Abbey includes being connected with the fine work of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML). This recent video, “Faith’s Archivists,” from _The Economist_ ( http://econ.st/1NNNxWs ) gives insights into the work HMML is doing in Mali. The discovery and preservation of documents from the Muslim world…

The Gravitas of Liturgical Texts

This is a splendid statement from Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Moscow on the Orthodox understanding of liturgical texts. It accords beautifully with the patristic/monastic understanding of the importance of liturgy. “For an Orthodox theologian, liturgical texts are not simply the works of outstanding theologians and poets, but also the fruits of the prayerful experience of…

Silver Jubilee on December 8th

Throwback Thursday in anticipation of December 8th, 2015, the Immaculate Conception, which will mark my silver jubilee as a monk.  Deo gratias!  I received the Cistercian habit on a snowy December 8th at L’Abbaye Notre Dame d’Hauterive, Switzerland.  (J’ai reçu le nom Benoît.)  It has been a magnificent adventure every step of the way!  Eventually,…