Tag: rule of life


Mindfulness in a a cloistered Advent


Ex-monks tend to miss the cloister of their ex-monastery in Advent.  We, who left the monastery together are connected - we talk with each other. We visit and call and remember the monastery years in our lives and we talk about why we went, and about why we left. We...

discernment – a chapter of a rule of life


  Descretio: Discernment and Discretion Jesus asks me if I am a Christian or if I am Christianish.  To be a Christian is to follow Jesus and to use Jesus’ life as a model for mine. Sometimes I find this really annoying because I often just want to go off...

A chapter of a Rule of Life on Retreat


Retreats There must be times of retreat or else humans will become lost in work, production, materialism and suffering, losing their way simply by wandering off the gentle path which keeps appearing under foot by angels.  One must retreat in order to listen to oneself and to our God’s whispers...

A chapter form a Rule of LIfe on Betrayal


As you write your Rule of Life, remember that some of your chapters will be hard ones to write, such a a chapter on betrayal.  It is hard to remember when we have been betrayed and hard to write about it.  But writing these somewhat dark chapters (which I place...

A Chapter of a Rule of Life on evils and some resources


A Chapter of a Rule of Life On evils The problem with evils is that they are often so lovely.  Why would we reach for them if they were not.  And they are insidious, they attach to us and they grow by feeding off of our goodness. There is no...

A Chapter of a Rule of Life: Sin


The window of Eden in The Nave of Saint John's Cathedral : evil is beautiful and majestic with wide wings and a purple body. In the first window, eve (an image of the wife of the Dean at the time in the 1920's) was fully naked.  The window on sin...

A Chapter of a Rule of LIfe on Kindness


There is a part of me which wishes that I did not need a chapter on kindness in my Rule of Life.  I wish I were so innately kind to myself and others that I would need not have a reminding passage in my Rule on the subject.  I wish...

A chapter in a Rule of Life on facing our demons


As we prepare for Holy Week with its horror and its cleansing properties, this is a good time to begin working on a chapter on demons.  We all have them.  Only those who believe they do not have them are the dangerous ones. Imagine your chapter on demons.  What would...

A Chapter of a Rule of Life on Meditation Practice


Practice daily meditation - it is how your God and you are and remain in relationship.  If you notice that you are skipping a daily meditation practice, stop and ask yourself what you are escaping from seeing in yourself.  Meditation should only be done by people of great courage.  Meditation...