The Book of Psalms is a wonderful treasury of prayer. S. Joan's 4-week course on Praying the Psalms comes to an end this week. Her wisdom fills us with the hope and promise of God's merciful love as we hear with our hearts the words of the Psalms. Come along and visit Psalm 31,10 where we will pray with the Psalmist about our God-with-us, Emmanuel, who enters our lives in many ways. Often, God touches our hearts to love us through joy as well as sorrow; through strength as well as weakness, in every situation in every place.
Ora et Labora Monastery of the Heart Monastery
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Ora et Labora MOH is a group of seekers who are committed to living out a Benedictine spirituality
personally and in a virtual intentional community.
We will attempt to live our lives mindfully through prayer, shared reflection on Scripture and materials that promote Benedictine Spirituality.
As we grow in community and in order to build God’s Reign, together we will support the good works of encouraging and practicing nonviolence, and sharing beauty with others.
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After realizing that there really was no place to post that Helen had decided to leave the group, we thought it a good idea to create a Category where members can post an "Aha" moment, a question, an inspiration, something that would pertain to the entire monastery, anything that would not fit into one of our more formal categories. Consider this Category like that drawer in your kitchen (please say you have one of these drawers), where anything that you can't figure out where to put it ends up. There are valuable things in there - you just don't know where they fit.
We have listened and learned from Jesus’ Parables of Lost Sheep, the Treasure and the Pearl, and the Vineyard Workers.
Now we look at the Parable of the Rich Fool.
The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12,13-21) or “You Cannot Take it with You”
I thought it might be helpful in our attempt to deepen the prayer life and sharing of our monastery, to create a category where we reflect on various sections of Scripture and particularly on the daily and/or Sunday readings. Liz has done a wonderful job in sharing and I truly value her reflections. So, I thought I would create a special spot.
Hildegard - Doctor of the Church. This title is particularly meaningful in today's Church.
I presume we've all had time to download the e-book from the Home Page. We'll take the next couple days to read the entire article slowly, thoughtfully. Imagine that you are actually (like a virtual lunch date) meeting Hildegard for the first time and that the fruits of your first visit with her are the insights that first come to you as you read the e-book about her.
Fellow Monastics, we need a bit more input before deciding what we will read and discuss as a group. On the table are:
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Sr. Joan Chittister
Taking turns posting worthwhile articles for discussion.
Please let us know your choice so we can begin.
Let's start a new category for books and resources.
Read anything good lately? Seen anything on YouTube or some other video clip?
Heard a good story, found a quote or a joke that will brighten our day? Share it with us.
I thought it would be good to have the Prayer Request post closer to the top, so please post new prayer requests here.
This is a continuation of the "WELCOME AND LET'S BEGIN" original post.
I thought it would be easier to have this category closer to the top of the list.
New members are asked to post their introductions here.
Today is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, and it is our feast as well. This Ora et Labora Monastery of the Heart began one year ago this month. The Rule that he wrote for monastic living in the 6th century has been adapted for families, organizations and even business managers. Benedictine houses are booked solid by people (like us) seeking to understand better his Rule and how it can influence our daily lives.