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The Benedict Option, Evangelicals, and Catholics: A Response


On the heels of Rod Dreher’s week-long sojourn in Louisville to share more about the Benedict Option with Evangelicals there, a rash of blog posts has followed.  In the first of what is now four posts, Dreher shares a question that was posed by Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in an interview he…

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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 Star Wars would factor into my fuga mundi reflections.  But there it was, right at the center of Star Wars story–and in the…

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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 be authentically Christ to the world.  Page references below in parentheses are from the biography of St. Antony by St.…

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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,…

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The Office of Vigils, the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, and a 2:00 am Amber Alert


My day began today at 2:00 am to the sound of an Amber Alert ringing out like an air raid siren on my wife’s iPhone in our bedroom.  I’m all for these kinds of alerts, but the situation it was alerting us to was actually taking place somewhere in Pennsylvania, which would be at least 5 hours from our house.  After about…

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Novena to St. Benedict – Day Eight – The Apostle


Today’s iteration of the novena is dedicated to all who have expressed skepticism or concern over what is perceived to be a “withdrawl” from society in the recent discussions of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option.  Please note the paradox at work in the fact that St. Benedict did make a profound withdrawl from society, but yet still had a monumental impact on…

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My “Benedict Option” Reading List: A Response


  Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option Reading List post today was the perfect response to the recent barrage of critics of the Benedict Option (most recently here, today).  It inspired me to post my own list.  Note the whole left stack is monastic sources dating back to St. Athanasius’ biography of St. Antony of the Desert, one of the biggest influences on the…

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