Thomas Merton, Fuga Mundi & the Benedict Option – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 5

  Thomas Merton’s fuga mundi, or “flight from the world,” was a complex and multi-faceted thing.  When I envisioned this series back in the fall I had to idea it would end where it did.  I didn’t ever think that [ . . . ]

Monastic Reformers, Cistercians & Maurists – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 4

The Cistercians and Maurists, or the Congregation of St. Maur, each found themselves in altogether different environs than the previous monastic fathers we have discussed in the Series.  Antony the Great, Pachomius the Great, and St. Benedict each began as [ . . . ]

St. Benedict of Nursia – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of the Fuga Mundi Series.   Christians have always been faced with the challenge of how to be “in the world, but not of the world.”  The Latin phrase for this is fuga mundi, which literally [ . . . ]

St. Antony the Great: Fuga Mundi Series, Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of the Fuga Mundi Series with St. Antony the Great.  Here and over the next few weeks I’ll be reflecting on the paradox that withdrawal from the world is what allows us as Christians to [ . . . ]