Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

Day by Day

Finding Sanctuary

The Continuity Between Life and Death

Death is inherently frightening, but the marginalization of death adds to that fear.  By contrast, Benedict wants the monastery to be a place where death is not marginalized and he tells his monks: “Day by day, remind yourself that you are going to die”, to live with a sense of the urgency and goodness of life now. Benedict also sees continuity between life and death because the whole purpose of the monastery is to foster constant awareness of the presence of God.  The monastic life requires a stripping away of the inessential to enable us to be constantly aware of God.  Death is the ultimate stripping away and the ultimate encounter with God  Page 159

From:  Finding Sanctuary
By:  Abbot Christopher Jamison

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