Gregorian Chant & 80s New Wave


I came across some wonderful Gregorian Chant from the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria on Spotify today.  You can check them out on Spotify here.  The chant is beautiful, but what really caught my eye was the album cover of their popular Chant Music for the Soul.  It bears a striking resembelance to another similar favorite album of mine: Songs to…

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 anchorites (solitary monks).  Pachomius and St. Benedict shifted their monasticism to cenobitic (communal) monasticism. In contrast, the Cistercians and Maurists…

Pachomius the Great: Fuga Mundi Series, Part 2


Welcome to the second 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 translates as “flight from the world.”  This series explores how famous monastic persons or groups lived out the fuga mundi.…

Thomas Merton, RIP


On this day 47 years ago in 1968, the Church lost one of its greatest spiritual teachers.  Everything in me wants this day to be known as the Feast of St. Thomas Merton.  But alas, the Church has not seen fit to canonize this 20th century spiritual master.  It hasn’t been too many years since his death, so perhaps some…

Benedict Option Advice for Evangelicals (And for Everyone)


I’ve been mulling over the Benedict Option and Evangelicals ever since video of Rod Dreher’s talk at UVA’s Center for Christian Study posted a couple of weeks ago.  As a Catholic, I find Evangelical interest in the Benedict Option fascinating.  My own Benedict Option journey has involved nearly 20 years of Catholic churches, countless trips to monasteries in the U.S. and abroad,…