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
- Thoughtful, prayerful, and contemplative lives.
- Communal life (expressed in a variety of ways depending on the community).
- A focus on hospitality.
- 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