Conversations Journal | October 1, 2007

Conversations—Gifts from the Monastery: Silence and Solitude

Volume 5:2 Fall/Winter 2007

Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation provides spiritual accompaniment and honest dialogue for those who long for radical transformation in Christ. It stimulates hunger and illuminates the path by drawing on classical wisdom and practice, exploring the vital role of community, and illustrating the journey with realism and hope.

In this issue, Gifts from the Monastery, you’ll hear from writers like Jan Johnson, Larry Crabb, and Ruth Haley Barton as they share how silence and solitude have been necessary practices in their journey with Jesus. A rare interview with David and Juliet Benner gives us a glimpse at making art the monastic way, as they teach us the history of graduals, musical settings of the Psalms that were hand produced in the monastery and sung by the choir during mass. Even though this issue was published almost thirteen years ago, the content is just as important for today’s reader.

Take for example Mindy Caliguire’s article, “Life with the Brothers”, where she shares how she makes her home [with young children] the monastery for receiving the gifts of wisdom, purpose, and love. What a poignant message for the current moment as we all shelter in place amidst the COVID19 pandemic!  Jan Johnson says it best, going to a monastery isn’t an escape— “it’s soul school, a space in which God can speak to us about what it would look like to love the difficult people in our lives and how the neediness of our spirits drives us to do foolish things. It’s a refuge where we know we are loved by God, even when we accomplish nothing.” We hope the content in this issue invites you to create space in your own life to embrace the gifts of silence and solitude.

In this issue, we have zeroed in on a featured article—Living a Little Rule of Life: Pilgrimage to a Motherhouse—and provided questions and practices for individuals or groups who want to experience a “class” with the words of the writer. See class here.

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Gift of Making Space

Article
Jan Johnson | October 1, 2007
2

Beyond Words: An Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Article
Ruth Haley Barton | October 1, 2007
3

Living a Little Rule of Life: Pilgrimage to a Motherhouse

Article
Anne McLoughlin | April 1, 2020
4

One Day of Silence and Solitude

Article
Larry Crabb | October 1, 2007
5

Life With the Brothers

Article
Mindy Caliguire | October 1, 2007
6

In Appreciation of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani

Article
E. Glenn Hinson | October 1, 2007
7

Graced in Silence: Gifts From a Monastic Community

Article
Stephen A. Macchia | October 1, 2007
8

Pilgrimage: Trusting Myself to the Other

Article
Irene Alexander
9

The Living Sacrament

Article
John van de Laar | October 1, 2007
10

Ancient Christian Wisdom for a Postmodern Age: Knowledge Born in Silence

Article
Michael Glerup | October 1, 2007
11

O Taste and See: Making Art the Monastic Way

Article
David G. Benner | October 1, 2007
12

Gifts of Freedom: The Sabbath and Fasting

Article
Lynn M. Baab | October 1, 2007
13

The Pilgrim Way: Discovering the Ancient Practice of Pilgrimage

Article
Christian George | October 1, 2007
14

Defining Our Terms: Silence and Solitude

Article
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun | October 1, 2007
15

Conversation Guide

Article
Kim Engelmann | October 1, 2007
16

Joining the Conversation

Article
Conversations Journal | October 1, 2007
17

A Personal Gift From the Monastery

Article
David G. Benner | October 1, 2007