Communio

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Tag: monastic life

Ecumenism is really a thirst for God

The document Unitatis Redintegratio (21 Nov. 1964) of the Second Vatican Council stresses spiritual ecumenism. Sometimes we overlook this aspect. But we can’t but focus on what is the soul of the ecumenical movement; theologians and church leaders have a lot of work to do on this point; I recall that  the saints have kept their eyes […]

Saint Pachomius

The Church gives us Saint Pachomius (+346), the Egyptian monk and abbot famous for being the “founder” of community-focussed monasticism (cenobitic) thus offering an new pattern of following Christ as a monk that up until Pachomius, one did alone. 200 years later Saint Benedict brought this version of monastic life in general acceptance in the […]

The monastic life can give new life to ailing Church

The monastic life is capable to breathe new life into lungs of an ailing body, the Church. A recent interview with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, gives his observations and direction. While he speaks of The Order of Saint Bridget that was refounded by Blessed Mother Maria […]

Dolores Hart steps out of the Abbey to help her sisters

She’s known because of her background: the actress who worked with Elvis Presley. That’s what many people remember of Dolores Hart. Some recall that in 1963 Hart left Hollywood to follow her heart: to give her heart to Jesus Christ as a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Today, Hart […]

Pope Benedict throws light on the value of the monastic life

In speaking at a Charterhouse on October 9, Pope Benedict contrasted modern life and the monastic life saying that society “throws light on the specific charism of the Carthusian monastery as a precious gift for the Church and for the world, a gift which contains a profound message for our lives and for all humanity. […]