Journey Through the Dark Night

22 Jun, 2024
We find ourselves in a season of profound spiritual transformation, a journey through what mystics have long called the dark night of the soul. As we navigate this unfamiliar terrain, we ...

Learning vs. Living the Dark Night

22 Jun, 2024
In our journey through life, we often encounter moments that challenge our understanding of spirituality and existence. One such profound concept is the Dark Night of the Soul, a term that ...

The Dark Night of the Soul

22 Jun, 2024
As we reflect on our spiritual journey, we recognize the profound impact that monasteries have had on preserving the wisdom and practices of early Christianity. Over the centuries, we’ve witnessed how ...

From Blood to Symbol: Sacrifice Across the Ages

21 Jun, 2024
  The concept of sacrifice and offerings has been an integral part of human culture and spirituality since time immemorial. Throughout history, humans have sought to influence their environment, appease deities, ...

What is contemplation?

16 Jun, 2024
We often move through life on autopilot, trapped in our minds and cut off from the present moment. But there is another way—the contemplative path. When we practice contemplation, we let ...

Monasticism as a Laboratory for Contemplation

15 Jun, 2024
Our hearts resonate deeply with the wisdom preserved in the monastic traditions. Like the Desert Mothers and Fathers, we too feel called to an “interior martyrdom” – a radical commitment to ...

Experience in a Monastery

15 Jun, 2024
Our hearts are stirred by the glimpse into the cloistered monastic life and its invitation to presence and depth. We sense the longing for a way to live fully attuned to ...

History of the Monastic Traditions

15 Jun, 2024
We stand in awe before the rich tapestry of the monastic traditions that have been woven over centuries. The threads reach back to those early desert ammas and abbas who fled ...

The Wisdom of the Desert

12 Jun, 2024
We find ourselves living in a world that has largely lost its way, consumed by materialism, individualism, and the endless pursuit of power, status and fleeting pleasures. The values and temptation ...

The Buddha and St. Francis

10 Jun, 2024
Our spiritual journeys have been shaped profoundly by the examples of the Buddha and St. Francis of Assisi. Their lives speak to the universal human experiences of suffering and awakening that ...

The Desert as the Landscape of Descent

10 Jun, 2024
The Desert Within We are drawn to the desert, that vast expanse of emptiness and silence. At first glance, it appears barren, inhospitable – a place to be avoided. Yet something ...

Death and the Desert

10 Jun, 2024
The Path of Descent We have been blessed with profound spiritual teachers and guides who have illuminated the path of descent for us. Wendell Berry, the farmer-poet of Kentucky, has affirmed ...

Doubt as Descent

10 Jun, 2024
We have been on quite a journey with our faith and spirituality over the years. Like many others, we began firmly rooted in the dualistic certainties of Stage 1 religion. The ...

The Path of Descent – 3

8 Jun, 2024
Our spiritual journey is one marked by descent – a continual process of letting go, unraveling, and shedding layers of ego and attachment to arrive at the essentials of our being. ...

The Path of Descent – 2

8 Jun, 2024
Our path is one of descent rather than perpetual upward ascent. For so long, we strived and climbed, accumulating knowledge, possessions, and status markers. We yearned to reach higher levels of ...