Monastic Wisdom

Based on Cristiano's, Alberto's and Ben's respnses I will be sharing 2-3 times a week excerpts from the book "Essential Monastic Wisdom. Writings on the Contemplative Life", written by Hugh Feiss [Order of St. Benedict]. I will keep editing this wiki page and adding the new material at the bottom of the page.

14 February
"There's to be acceptance to people that come from very different places (using this metaphorically as well as literaly). There is to be willingness to hear "reasonable criticisms or observations" and to learn from the example of others...In a world that builds barriers, puts up walls, keeps the other ut, and is looking for certainty, we turn to the Rule and find a man who
insists on balance, mutual respect, reciprocity, openess. [Benedict]...refused to live with a clsed mind."
Esther de Waal, A Life-giving Way

"Complaining is the acid that shrivels our own sould and the sould of the
community around us as well" 
Sr. Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict

March 4th

In the midst of the multiple activities of the day, you should stay free of multiplicity and preserve oneness of spirit withing yourself. Let your mind form an idea of God and of his supreme majesty and goodness. Keep his lovable prsence before his mind's eye.
Louis Dubois, Spiritual Doctrine

Certain said that the humility he loved was beneath the digity of a bishop. Wulfstan answered: "Whoever"is the greatest among you will be your servant. I am your bishop and teacher; therefore I must be the servant of you all, according to the Lord's command.

Life of Wulfstan

Vainglory is a love of our own excellence. Vainglory gives birth to self-explitation, pride, arrogance, contentin, affront, contempt, presumption, disobedience, irreverence and very often to factions, the worst of plagues. To avoid these things, we must glory in the Lord and not in ourselves.

John Trithemius. Rule

[Voluntary poverty] is good for those women who are able to endure it. For the women who preserve in this condition have suffering in the flesh, but peace in the soul. For just as heavy clothing is washed and bleache by treading and vigorous wringing so also the strong soul is strenghtened to a greater degree through voluntary poverty.

Life of Syncletica

13 february excerpts

"There's to be acceptance to people that come from very different places (using this metaphorically as well as literaly). There is to be willingness to hear "reasonable criticisms or observations" and to learn from the example of others...In a world that builds barriers, puts up walls, keeps the other ut, and is looking for certainty, we turn to the Rule and find a man who insists on balance, mutual respect, reciprocity, openess. [Benedict]...refused to live with a clsed mind."
 Esther de Waal, A Life-giving Way

"Complaining is the acid that shrivels our own sould and the sould of the community around us as well"
Sr. Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict 

17 february excerpts

"There's to be acceptance to people that come from very different places (using this metaphorically as well as literaly). There is to be willingness to hear "reasonable criticisms or observations" and to learn from the example of others...In a world that builds barriers, puts up walls, keeps the other ut, and is looking for certainty, we turn to the Rule and find a man who insists on balance, mutual respect, reciprocity, openess. [Benedict]...refused to live with a clsed mind."
 Esther de Waal, A Life-giving Way

"Complaining is the acid that shrivels our own sould and the sould of the community around us as well" 
Sr. Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict 

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wisdom of the unMo

Bembo Davies's picture

 Andrei -- we will be following closely the drops of words that you shower upon us.  We have already declared the unMo a complaining free zone -- although I anticipate some moaning about our sleeping arrangements since one of our sleeping rooms has developed what may be a severe health threatening fungal growth in its walls.

I am entrusted with keeping of the records for Il Libro delgli Errori where we among other things ponder aloud what we do right in the face of our meetings with the many forms of stubborn reality.... I haven't quite found the place for these musings yet.  But they should certainly be grouped with your readings.

from inside,
Brother Bembo dell'unMo

I sacri muri preserveranno la nostra onestà

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The Lore of the unMonastarians

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Sucomunicato

Bembo Davies's picture

Traditionally, arrival at the monastery gates as a novice involved surrender.  
You gave up your name, all your worldly possessions and your hair.  
Your identity was replaced by brotherhood/sisterhood; you became us.

What is our unEquivalent?
We surrender our phone and much linguistic competence: we become 'excommunicated'.

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Thank you!

Cristiano Siri's picture

Thank you [TOOLosophy], is really inspirational for us! 

Curious of the next! :)

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