Monasteries of the Heart

Anne Arundel Community of Reconciliation (AACOR) Monastery

Employing ancient Benedictine wisdom, we seek to reclaim the balance and harmony often missing from modern life.  We pause regularly to center our life and action in the Spirit. We practice hospitality and intentional listening. We welcome the unexpected, and the sacred in the everyday. As we begin to integrate Benedictine spiritual foundations and practices into our lives, we find ourselves slowly transformed. Ultimately we recognize that true change in the world comes first from a transformed heart.  

Every Thursday we will post a discussion thread and we hope to offer occasional gatherings--in person--to supplement our online discussions.  This online version of the AACOR is intended to build and support community through the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. corridor, and will be particularly useful for those who are unable to attend the Benedictine gatherings at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. Welcome!

“We must prepare our hearts and bodies.... Listen carefully...Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from the heavens that every day calls out...Love God with your whole soul and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself...your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else...these, then, are the tools of the spiritual craft.” -The Rule of St. Benedict

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Silence Beauty of Silence October 27, 2011
Community Community as Body of Christ January 15, 2012
conversion Conversion/Transformation December 16, 2011
faith Faith January 25, 2012
Other Fasting and Feasting March 7, 2012
Prayer First discussion thread September 21, 2011
Chapter 1 Gentle Invitation September 30, 2011
Obedience Obedience December 8, 2011
Other Quiet February 9, 2012

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Fasting and Feasting
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Posted by thonnard on March 7, 2012

Do not fear the silence
It is anything but quiet
But do not enter if you are not ready
To hear what you have never had ears to hear

You are deaf from wandering
Your small corridor of noise
Take off your earphones
File the remote
Set your face toward the riot
Vibrating in the profound depths of silence

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Trust
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Posted by thonnard on February 16, 2012

Lectio Divina: excerpt by Thomas Merton

What you need most
in this dark journey
is an unfaltering trust
in the Divine Guidance.
As well as the courage
to risk everything for Him…
What matters
is for you to be heroically faithful
To faith and to love.

Lord, I do not know what to ask of you---only you know what I need.
I simply present myself to you; I open my heart to you.
I have no other desire than to accomplish your will.
Teach me to pray. Amen

--Francois Fenelon

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Seek and Find
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Posted by thonnard on February 9, 2012

Make everything in you an ear,
each atom of your being.
And you will hear at every moment
what the Source is whispering to you,
just to you and for you
Without any need for my words or anyone else’s.
You are—we all are—the beloved of the Beloved One,
And in every moment, in every event of life,
The Beloved one is whispering to you
exactly what you need to hear and know.
Who can ever explain such a mystery?
It simply is.
Listen and you will discover it in every passing moment.

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Quiet
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Posted by thonnard on February 9, 2012

Listen deeply within
To hear the voice of God
Who shepherds us
and leads us forth to new life.

O God of Peace
You have taught us that in returning and rest
we shall be saved,
In quietness and in confidence
shall be our strength

By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray,
To your presence
Where we may be still and know that you are God.

Lectio Divina: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, 1Peter 3:3-4

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Faith
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Posted by thonnard on January 25, 2012

St. Anselm of Canterbury

O Lord my God,
Teach my heart where and how to seek you
Where and how to find you.

You are my God and you are my Lord,
Though I have never seen you.

You have made me and remade me,
And you have bestowed upon me
All the good things I possess,
And still I do not know you.

I have not yet done that for which I was made.

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Community as Body of Christ
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Posted by thonnard on January 15, 2012

Trust Him when dark doubts assail you,
Trust Him when your strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.

Trust Him, He is ever faithful;
Trust Him for His will is best,
Trust Him, for the Heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, then, through doubts and sunshine;
All your cares upon Him cast,
Till the storm of life is over,
And your trusting days are past.

Lectio Divino: Ephesians 4:15-16

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Transformation through Kenosis
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Posted by thonnard on December 28, 2011

Lectio Divina: Luke 12:32

Do not store up treasures on earth,
For it is your Father’s good pleasure
To give you the kingdom.

Jesus modeled kenosis as the path of transformation—in Greek, “letting go” or "emptying oneself"

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Conversion/Transformation
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Posted by thonnard on December 16, 2011

I AM the resurrection and the life.

The Word of God is very near to you,
it is in your mouth
and in your heart
for your observance.

See, today before you
I put life and prosperity,
death and disaster...
Choose life. Dt 30:14, 15, 19

Lectio Divina: Isaiah 26:3; 30:15

O God,
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are fixed upon you.

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Obedience
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Posted by thonnard on December 8, 2011

O God,
Be all my love,
All my hope,
All my striving;
Let my thoughts and words
flow from you,
My daily life be in you,
And every breath I take
be for you.
Amen

--John Cassian, Conferences

Lectio Divina: 1 John 14

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
I am the Way
And the Truth
And the Life.

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Stability
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Posted by thonnard on December 1, 2011

Benedict says it is here, where we are, that a life of grace can happen---when we consent to live in the present.

Lectio Divina: Isaiah 55

Ho, everyone who thirsts
Why do you spend your money
For that which is not bread?
And your labor
For that which
Does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me,
And eat what is good
And delight yourselves in rich food.

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