Monastic Practices – Silence

Silence is our sixth theme of Monastic Practices during this Year of Consecrated Life.

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As I write this blog post today is Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King. Our afternoon is free and I just finished watching Of Gods and Men, based on the book The Monks of Tibhirine. The true story of Catholic Trappist monks willing to die serving a Muslim flock during the political nightmare that unfolds in Algeria during the 1990s. The movie is well done from a monastic perspective. If you would like a glimpse of monastic silence  (and the other monastic practices I’ve shared with you) watch this movie.

Please beware, there is one use of profanity in the movie – Br. Christophe forgot his “monastic decorum”, but fortunately Br. Luc covered this failure with charity.

See previous Monastic Practices themes:
Sacred Reading
Liturgical Prayer
Monastic Work
Customs
Monastic Decorum

 

3 thoughts on “Monastic Practices – Silence

  1. I just received a notification from Patheos that a film about the life of Mother Theresa will be released shortly. It is based on letters she wrote over a period of 40 years and details her struggles and feelings of abandonment by God. The Vatican priest charged with investigating her case wrote it. It is called The Letters. You may like to see it at the Monastery. If you look up the Patheos website they will have all the details. I love this Catholic website.

  2. Thank you for this post. It gives me a better understanding of its importance in the spiritual life.
    I remember visiting a monastery in Germany years ago and it was so quiet and peaceful I just wanted to stay there.
    I will look out for that movie. There are so few decent ones unfortunately.

  3. I love silence. Today we visited Mont-Sainte-Odile Abbey atop a peak in the Vosges mountain range in the French region of Alsace. The beautiful, very silent Monastery was founded about 690 by Saint Odile.

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