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Suburban Hermit

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

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

What’s the Point of Fasting?

April 4th, 2019|

The exploits of the Desert Fathers make for some motivating Lenten reading. They were known for their extravagant personalities and extreme austerities. In the fourth century, Anthony of the Desert and his fellow hermits

The Simplicity of St Benedict

February 12th, 2019|

By the end of the fifth century the Roman Empire was in ruins. Weakened from within through corruption, wealth, luxury and self indulgence, Rome had, for the better part of the century, been invaded

The Ingenious Jesus Prayer

December 12th, 2018|

I first came across the "Jesus Prayer" when I read Salinger's Franny and Zooey in college. As I remember it a couple of brainy adolescents discover the Eastern Orthodox hesychasm --the practice of contemplation through the use of

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