Monthly Archives: June 2012

praying without ceasing

The schedule of worship here at Saint John’s Abbey – four times a day in addition to the regular interruption of the bells every 15 minutes – is a reminder to be spiritually attentive. At our home in Ambler we have … Continue reading

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the liturgy of the hours

I arrived at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota on Saturday, June 9th.  For reasons I cannot explain even to myself, I have wanted to come here for over 20 years.  My plan was simple: for the next eleven days … Continue reading

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the old monastics

The first Benedictine monastery in the United States was founded in 1846.  Saint Vincent Archabbey is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania — about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.  In 1856 — just twelve years after its own founding — Benedictine monks … Continue reading

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the new monastics

My sabbatical studies began at The Simple Way – an intentional community of primarily young evangelical Christians living in Kensington, Pennsylvania who see themselves as part of a movement called, “the new monasticism.”  The new monastics identify 12 marks of … Continue reading

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margin

One of the first things I noticed was how many visibly disabled people there are on the streets – people in wheelchairs (not the electric ones) trying to navigate the same lanes of traffic as the cars; people on crutches … Continue reading

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knowing you can leave

By the end of the second night I hit a wall.  I’ve never been in a place where I had to contend with cockroaches – until now.  They can live in the refrigerator you know.  Judging from their desiccated little … Continue reading

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opening the windows

The heat broke overnight.  I discovered this by going on my iPhone and checking the weather app – not by actually going outside.  It said it was 60 degrees.  That meant it was cooler outside than it was inside.  I … Continue reading

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