Etchings in the Sand…

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A Role for Monasticism…

Here’s an interesting comment by W. Paul Jones in the Christian Century:

“… monasticism can provide a countercultural space in which the self-authenticating nature of Christian life may be experienced as ‘the road less taken.’ Monastaries once functioned as sane repositories for outlasting the Dark Ages. Perhaps as we face  the ominous and relentless consequences of our ravenous system, a refurbished monasticism can harbor a remnant hope.”

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3 responses to “A Role for Monasticism…

  1. Antony April 5, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Indeed. I couldn’t agree more. But then, that’s no surprise, is it? 🙂

  2. suburbanlife April 5, 2007 at 8:59 am

    There need be more opportunities for persons to withdraw from the overwhelming confusion of modern life, to contemplate in silence over an extended period of time. Of course, one can effect such removal on one’s own, as well.

  3. citrus April 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I think the element of vital conservation of fragile aspects of life together is vital. Retreat and meditation are surely part of that.

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