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Christian Monasticism

Going Monastic: Thoroughly Modern Woman Experiences an Ancient Rule

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist, poet, speaker and retreat leader. Atchison Blue is a book about sisters at Mt. St. Scholastica, in Atchison, Kansas, and the lessons Judith learned from witnessing their lives as they live out The Rule of St. Benedict.

Defeat, Humility, Joy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A remarkable book about Russian monks, published last year, reads like something from the middle of the 19th century. You feel transported back in time to the era of Russian faith that gave birth to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Yet, the non-fiction tales collected in "Everyday Saints" are entirely contemporary.

Attacked By Evil, Healed By God

Beverly Donofrio | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Beverly Donofrio

In the midst of the terror, in the void of his howling absence, in my absolute lack of control, God had been hotly present. Shaken out of myself by the visitation of horror, the world slowed enough for me to really look at it.

A Visit To The Mount Athos Of America

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

The rhythm of the chanting and prayers produced a transcendent state that erased discomfort. After a while, I almost forgot that I had legs. The sensation was a little bit like floating.

Mysteries Of The Jesus Prayer

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Every ascetic effort, the Lenten fast included, is all about the strengthening of our hearts and minds, the deepening of our prayer and our increasing participation in the God Who Is.

The Compelling Spiritual Discipline Of Asceticism

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

Spiritual training and obedience to a life of faith still exists today, so many centuries later, and its core themes crop up once more in the growing popularity of meditation and prayer