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hope they show this in the U.S.

Maggi Dawn posts on a British series that I hope they'll show in the U.S. (on public television? BBC America?) eventually. It's called The Monstery, and in it six volunteers live as part of a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery for six weeks to what a Benedictine way of life might have to offer people today.

I think that Benedictine spirituality has never been more needed that it is today. In this age of Extreme Makeovers, Extreme Sports, and extremely polarized politics in the church and society, Benedict could reintroduce balance as a virtue, as well as sabbath, moderation, and prayerfulness while working, so although I'm a Franciscan by temperament, I've devoted a significant amount of energy to encouraging parishioners to explore Benedictine spirituality. My Monastery is a Minivan is one book I recommend a lot to busy parents. For Benedictines out there, what got you on a more Benedictine path? What have y'all found helpful in encouraging others to explore?

May 11, 2005 in Television | Permalink


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I've been thinking a lot lately about one of the rules of St. Benedict, which exhorts followers of the Rule "to love fasting." As my weight continues to be a health and comfort issue, I wonder how I can learn to love fasting, not only for my personal benefit, but because it seems to me that being overweight is something of an arrogant luxury when so much of the world is overrun by want.

I don't know if you're familiar with the book, but Debra K. Farrington wrote something called Living Faith Day by Day, which apparently explores the inclusion of monastic life-methods into those outside the walls the monastery. I've been trying to track the book down for a while now.

Posted by: James | May 12, 2005 10:34:20 AM


Yup ... I'm a fan of Debra Farrington, who also wrote a good book on discernment called Hearing with the Heart.

By the way, Maggi Dawn pointed out my very embarrassing typo -- "monstery" for "monastery." What a difference a letter makes! Let me assure all readers that I don't think of monks as monsters; indeed, I met my honey at a monastery (Mount Calvary in Santa Barabara, California).

Posted by: Sarah Dylan Breuer | May 17, 2005 5:56:33 PM

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