Suburban Hermit2017-10-03T02:34:05-04:00

Suburban Hermit

“In Every Man There is a Monk and an Explorer”  Ben Stauffer

Benedictines —They’ll Be Back.

August 17th, 2019|

I have visited Benedictine monasteries around the world and have always been found St Benedict’s instructions to treat guests “as Christ” to be part of their welcome. The monks have always opened their door [...]

A Monk by Rubens

August 6th, 2019|

Technically I think this is a portrait of a Franciscan friar, but the intensity of his gaze and the artistry of Rubens takes you beyond words into monastic silence.

The Way of St Benedict – Stability

August 1st, 2019|

Rod Dreher's book The Benedict Option has brought light to the contribution and possibilities of the Benedictine way of life to a wider audience, but it is important to understand the foundations of Benedictine spirituality. It [...]

The Refectory

July 31st, 2019|

In my visits to monasteries over the years I've eaten with monks in grand Baroque refectories as at Monte Oliveto in Italy, Medieval halls at Mont St Michel, simple dining rooms and grand paneled [...]

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