Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)

Memorial Day was a couple weeks ago and it seems that every national holiday leads me through a series of the same thoughts.  On one hand, I think Christians are too nationalistic, even too patriotic.  Why do we celebrate national holidays such as Memorial Day, remembering soldiers who gave their lives, but rarely celebrate Christian … Continue reading Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)

What Motivates You? Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)

"Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier's servant, a cook, a porter brags, and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; [72] and those who read it desire the glory of … Continue reading What Motivates You? Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)

Beliefs and Desires – Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)

I used to write a "Weekly Word" every Friday, devotional thoughts geared towards the CSF students at PSU Berks.  This summer I am bringing the Weekly Word back in hopes of providing spiritual support to the students while they are home. Blaise Pascal lived in France in the mid-1600s and by all accounts was a … Continue reading Beliefs and Desires – Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)

Some Thoughts On Lent Inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict

From the Rule of St. Benedict: "We advise that during these days of Lent he guard his life with all purity and at the same time wash away during these holy days all the shortcomings of other times" St. Benedict (2011-04-30). The Rule of St. Benedict (Kindle Locations 732-733). PlanetMonk Books. Kindle Edition. "During these days, … Continue reading Some Thoughts On Lent Inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict

Excommunication? The Rule of St. Benedict

Benedict writes a lot about when and how to excommunicate people from the monastery, whether those kicked out ought ever be welcomed back, and how to correct faults.  Like much of what he writes, this just seems foreign to contemporary readers.  Excommunication?  Kicking people out?  It seems so intolerant, we say.  It illustrates all the … Continue reading Excommunication? The Rule of St. Benedict

Stop Talking and Be Silent – The Rule of St. Benedict (With an Assist from Lisa Simpson)

I talk to much.  This often leads me to putting my foot in my mouth, saying things I ought not say, or at the very least just rambling on into nonsense. In the words of St. Benedict: Therefore, because of the importance of silence, let permission to speak be seldom given to perfect disciples even … Continue reading Stop Talking and Be Silent – The Rule of St. Benedict (With an Assist from Lisa Simpson)

The Value of Mentorship – The Rule of St. Benedict

I enjoy reading these Christian classics, looking for nuggets of wisdom that have stood through the centuries.  Perhaps one thing I like most is that these classics come from a different time and place.  This means that the authors think and write things that may sound odd or surprising or even totally wrong. Today is … Continue reading The Value of Mentorship – The Rule of St. Benedict