Is the new monastic fantastic? Synchroblog

From Wikipedia –

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New Monastic communities vary in their particular values. Some emphasize very specific marks, as below, where others emphasize other principles. The most common occurring principles among New Monastic communities are

  1. Thoughtful, prayerful, and contemplative lives.
  2. Communal life (expressed in a variety of ways depending on the community).
  3. A focus on hospitality.
  4. Practical engagement with the poor.

Well to me, isn’t that they it should always be done?
I didn’t realize it for the longest time, but over the past couple years it become one of those moments where one goes, “How come I didn’t see it before?”  Scripture makes more sense and my life with God and others suddenly became deeper and more meaningful.
But I still needed to see it in practice and I think my greatest inspiration came from the Emergent Gathering last October in New Mexico, where I watched, and participated in the living out the holistic view of how Jesus lived and calls us to live. 
So is it fantastic?  In one sense it is, but in another sense, it’s the way it should be since the beginning and we’ve just lost ourselves a bit along the way.  So in the way that a person has amnesia and suddenly remembers his/her life – it’s fantastic.
Synchrolist to be posted tomorrow 



5 responses to “Is the new monastic fantastic? Synchroblog

  1. Yep. Looks a lot like church to me, at least as it was supposed to be.

  2. Great post! Christianity has been consumed with gaining power for centuries instead of meeting Jesus in the least, the lost, and last of this world.

  3. You asked, “Well to me, isn’t that the way it should always be done?” This is still a quesiton that I have about neomonasticism: Is there a difference between neomonasticism and the community in Christ?


  4. Alan, good question. It seems to me that neomonasticism is really just a return to the biblical call to communal spirituality, the spiritual disciplines, and missionality. It saddens me that the capital ‘C’ Church finds itself so far off in the western world that we have to rename Christianity just to distinguish it from cheap adulterations

  5. It’s the ideal and ideals are hard to live by because they take effort and involve sacrifices. Now more than ever in our mainly secular and consumerist world the monastic life is a radical, counter cultural choice – more so than at any other time, after all, in Mediaval times life revolved around the local monastery. Now most people don’t even know the one in their own town or if there is one, yet people are giving up all and entering, people still do want to live by these values, but often don’t want the sacrifices involved. pax, sr marie terese.

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