Monastery of the heart: An invitation to a meaningful life, by Joan Chittister, is a series of reflections on the Benedictine Rule, which guide and inform our community values and actions.
Community of Saint Anna Monastery
The Community of Saint Anna is a non-residential ecumenical community of women who are single either by choice or circumstances. Inspired by the Prophetess Anna whose prayers for everyone who came to the Temple enabled her to recognize the infant Messiah, we aspire to pray for others and listen compassionately to those seeking prayer, as appropriate.
Our monastery is built upon the ancient Christian values of listening with the ear of the heart, ongoing conversion, balance, and peace included in the Rule of St. Benedict. Our lifestyle is patterned on the earliest beguines of the Middle Ages, who lived in their own homes and pronounced through their lives that the love of God was available to all.
By adopting these values, we aspire to reflect the compassion and understanding of God and become transformed by the love God has for all people - without exception - and all of creation.
We welcome single women with a heart to extend the compassion of Jesus to others through prayer and Benedictine values. If you are interested in sharing our prayer for the needs of the world and are willing to engage in spiritual growth and relationship building through an online community, please contact us!
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|Monastery of the heart: An invitation to a meaningful life||Monastery of the heart: An invitation to a meaningful life||September 21, 2016|
|News from Community Members||Outreach to Rwanda||September 21, 2016|
|Current Lectio||Shared Reading: Immortal Diamond||September 21, 2016|
|Inspiration||A Resurrection Litany||March 27, 2016|
|Membership guidelines||What are the expectations of members in the Community of Saint Anna?||May 2, 2012|
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Anna Maureen has returned to her ministry of nursing education in Rwanda. Please keep her in your prayers as she works to teach her students how to serve the health needs of their resource-poor communities.
Our newest shared reading for lectio, Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr, asks us to see ourselves through the eyes of the Beloved to shed false ideas of who we are and the defenses that we have used to shield our true selves. But is the concept of a true self, in itself, true? Is this a Western concept, specifically a variation on the theme of individualism that permeates the western world? If so, how much is our true self shaped by relationships and experiences, as well as our responsibilities, which might be how people in the East perceive themselves?
A friend of the community, Deborah Hanus, has written this litany and is sharing it with us all as an Easter gift. Thank you, Deborah!
A RESURRECTION LITANY FOR EASTER, 2016
Because the entire concept of online monasteries is so new, there will be some experimentation along the way. The essentials that I envision for our community involve using the wisdom and acceptance we have developed over years of loving and difficult experiences to bring the interest and compassion of Christ into our immediate environments and the our own Monastery of the Heart.
To accomplish this goal, I am proposing the following expectations:
1) a commitment to pray the Community of Saint Anna Litany for Peace and Supplication for the whole world every day