What distinguishes monastic religious life from apostolic religious life includes some straightforward lifestyle differences. Monastics pray, live, and often work together. Apostolic Sisters usually do not, at least not as a whole group.
More difficult to articulate is something often referred to as the “monastic heart,” a state of being that embraces silence and a listening stance. Whether you are married, single or a Benedictine Sister, having a monastic heart helps engage you in right relationship with all creation.
When Stefanie MacDonald was living and teaching in Chicago years ago, the constant noise and congestion of the place got old fast. She couldn’t wait to get home to Dubuque, Iowa, to hear … nothing. She couldn’t wait to rest her senses. Continue Reading