The Calming Rhythm of Monastic Life

Have you ever had the experience of falling behind in life?  This summer has been soooo busy and, especially, these past two weeks.  It is simply amazing how stuff piles up and time flies away!!!

Monastic life is full of opportunities to get settled, get focused and get back on track after times are overwhelming and challenging.  For instance, our daily common prayer at 6:30 a.m. helps me find morning quiet before the rush of the day.  Evening prayer at 5:00 p.m. adds a twist of quiet as the work day ends.  These two can send a frantic day into a reflective quiet time that refreshes the rhythm and balance monastic life is all about.  Our common prayer is full of meaningful, rich Psalms that always speak to me.  It is like God’s personal message – like God just knows what I need to hear at the time.

I can still fall behind my ‘to do’ list, have piles on my desk go unattended or find the day wrapped up in appointments.  However, the meaning of life is fulfilled when we walk in the Chapel, find quiet and calm.  It refreshes the mind not just the soul.

The basis of monastic life together is to embrace that daily rhythm and know where my center lies.  I meet many, many women who are longing for that rhythm and pace amidst their hectic lives.  In fact, a woman who visited about 1 1/2 years ago and was in discernment about religious life came back for a visit on Monday.  We have kept in touch, however, her heart was leading her to remain single and active in her parish.  In fact, her discernment journey led her to adopt an 11 year old girl.  She has had her daughter just two weeks and brought her to visit us. The experience of being with us for 3 days made such an impact on her and brought such peace in her discernment that she wanted to share it with her daughter as soon as possible.

No matter how busy your day or what stage your discernment is, know that you can find God’s peace through prayer. How fotunate I am to have our daily common prayer as one way to know the peace of God!

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