Posts tagged with ‘monasticism’

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Contemplative Commerce

by Carl McColman

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity August Turak Columbia Business School Publishing The motto of Benedictine spirituality is ora et labora — a deceptively simple Latin phrase that means “to pray and to work.” A variation of it, ora est labora, means “to pray is to work” — a sentiment handily […]

Coming back from the desert

by Carl McColman

No longer are such centres of solitude and critical reflection located only in the remote regions. The last decade has seen the growth of urban contemplatives, communities of Christian women and men who seek to live lives of prayer and silence within the urban scene. It was a movement predicted over twenty-five years ago by […]

Peace Be With You

by Carl McColman

For Christians to view 9/11 and the world of terrorism through the paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection will be difficult and complex. Such a stance does not mean condoning or ignoring what al-Qaeda did on September 11, any more than God, in Christian belief, ignored or condoned the sinfulness of humanity in crucifying […]

Back to the Mountain

by Carl McColman

Fran and I spent this past weekend in Sewanee, TN. “The Mountain,” as it is affectionately called, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, a college town on the Cumberland Plateau nestled in forested land filled with caves, hiking trails, waterfalls, a natural bridge, and other wonders. It’s the first time we’ve […]

The New Abbey Store

by Carl McColman

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit has opened a new Monastic Heritage Center, including a museum of monastic culture — housed in an old barn where the monks lived when they first came to Georgia in 1944, a greenhouse and garden center, a coffee shop, and a new Abbey Store. The entire center is beautiful, […]

Of Gods and Men: Of Martyrs for Life

by Carl McColman

Of Gods and Men, the award-winning French film about Cistercian monks who lived at the Monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria and who were killed in 1996 during the Algerian civil war, will begin showing in Atlanta next Friday, April 1. I had the privilege to attend an advance screening sponsored by Sony Pictures today. The […]

Quote for the Day

by Carl McColman

Men have not become Trappists merely out of a hope for peace in the next world: something has told them, with unshakable conviction, that the next world begins in this world and that heaven can be theirs now, very truly, even though imperfectly, if they give their lives to the one activity which is the […]