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Craving Something More
I was drawn to the monastic life because it seemed to stand for what I loved most about the faith of my fathers and mothers. I loved how counter-cultural it was. Monks were not supposed to seek power, or prestige, or money. They were disciples of Christ, following the Will of God with a radical simplicity, hospitality, poverty, and faithfulness. But then, I also was drawn to the life of a monk because of how it seemed very different from my fundamentalism. I loved how miracles can happen in a monastery. The life was full of Spirit and seemed to contrast with the cold beam of my rational faith. There are many things in life that show God’s presence here and now, not just in history and scripture, according to monastic spirituality. And the love of God can allow us to sometimes do things that do not make complete sense to those we love.

Jon Sweeney
--from “Washing Out My Ears,” installment 11 of
“Born Again and Again: Stories of the Spirit, Lessons for the Soul”

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