St Augustine’s Christmas Sermon

2015-12-24T08:27:41-04:00December 24th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Angel, Reims Cathedral Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man. You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from [...]

My Heart is Fixed – On Stability

2015-12-15T13:35:18-04:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

This post is an excerpt from my book St Benedict and St Therese--The Little Rule and the Little Way The monk’s vow of stability is intimately linked with his vow of obedience. When the monk submits to his superior he fulfils his vow of obedience. When he submits to his particular environment and set of circumstances he [...]

On Solitude and Loneliness

2015-12-05T09:10:52-04:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

Solitude is not loneliness and loneliness is not simply being alone. Loneliness is a condition of the heart, not the circumstances of life. When one is lonely there is a lack of knowing love in the depth of the human heart. Loneliness is a symptom of the yawning absence at the foundation level of each human [...]

On the Necessity of Reading

2015-12-02T20:04:59-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

One of the gifts of the Benedictine tradition is the form of prayer called Lectio Divina  or Holy Reading. In a world where speed reading is expected, skimming is required and glancing through summaries is de rigueur the monastic tradition is a contradiction. Lectio diving requires us to slow down and read the text meditatively. There is a technique. The first [...]

Benedict’s Ninth Through Twelfth Steps of Humility

2015-12-02T12:15:57-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

Here is the final segment of my comments on St Benedict's twelve steps of humility. The other segments can be located under the tags "Benedictine Way" and "Rule of St Benedict" The ninth degree of humility is that a monk restrain his tongue and keep silence, not speaking until he is questioned. It's a good thing [...]

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