Conversatio Morum

ere I to suggest one distinguishing characteristic about Benedictine monasticism among the many valuable schools of spirituality, I would choose conversatio morum. It is one of three vows made by Benedictine monks, interdependent with the vows of stability and...

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Reader’s Poem: The Archetype of Pilgrimage

Pilgrims are people in motion —physically and spiritually and pilgrimage universal: separation, sojourn and return. Such is the ancient and continuing practice across world religions. Underlying similarities, yet innumerable destinations and purposes. True pilgrims relate their experience to a larger framework of meaning, as symbols and images point toward God. Even dreaming of...

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Poem: ¡Más Mezcla! (Habitat Paraguay, 2015)

“¡Más mezcla!,” the masons cry and we mix sand, soil and cement. Water dipped from drums pail by pail. So many bricks. So much mortar. Pail by pail we dry up a family’s only drinking, only washing. “Toma la agua,” the mother says, risking all —“for my childrens”— to set a new foundation. Tonight she will go to the...

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Pilgrimage to Paraguay with Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity

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Natural Connections

ometimes Creation itself can help our agendas and worries recede long enough for us to sense the nearness of God. Not long ago, I was sitting beside a humble trout stream in the Driftless Area of southeast Minnesota with my...

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