onsdagen den 5:e februari 2014

lördagen den 28:e december 2013

Romuald, Founder of the Camaldolese Order

St. Romuald's Brief Rule For Camaldolese Monks

Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms — never leave it.

If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind.

And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.

Realize above all that you are in God's presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.

Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.

onsdagen den 4:e december 2013

tisdagen den 20:e augusti 2013

The Mystical Burial

Surge, qui dormis, et exsurge a mortuis, et illuminabit te Christus.

A monastic postulant is about to submit his final monastic vows. He prostrates, and as funeral bells ring out, a cloth laid over him. 

This, a monastic ritual known as the mystical burial, is to symbolize that the individual person dies, to be resurrected as a monk, fully consecrated to God. These words are then read to the postulant by the abbot of the monastery:

Arise, you who sleep, and rise up from death, and Christ shall enlighten you.

tisdagen den 16:e juli 2013

torsdagen den 20:e juni 2013

Slave, Or Nothing

"Don't associate yourself with Allah. You are a slave or you are not there at all, there can be no in between."

~ Sufism