lördag 28 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.

tisdag 20 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.

tisdag 16 juli 2013

torsdag 20 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

söndag 2 juni 2013


Though it is tradition for kids to dress up on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we find that this picture could also be viewed as a beautiful symbol of nonconformity.

söndag 20 januari 2013

Christian Religious Orders

Attending a meeting like this would have been thrilling.

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"The names of the orders delineated in the annexed plate, follow in the same succession in which the figures stand; beginning with the nun on the left, and reckoning towards the right: the same order is observed with respect to the sitting figures. —— A Benedictine nun; a monk of the same order; a Cluniac; a Cistertian and a Carthusian; a nun of St. Gilbert; a regular canon of the same; a Trinitarian; a knight templar; knight hospitallar; a secular canon; a canon regular of the Præmonstratensians. The sitting figures are, a regular canon of St. Augustine; a regular canon of the holy Sepulche (sic); a canon of the Hospital of St John at Coventry; chaplain of the order of St. John of Jerusalem."

Source: Grose, Francis: "The Antiquities of England and Wales" (1783) [link]