Monasteries of the Heart


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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.

--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.

The Benedictine practice of Obedience is listening to what God is saying in all aspects of our life and responding to what is heard. We allow the choices and decisions of our life to become both a means to encounter God in the present moment, and a way to let go of the hidden motivations that limit our spiritual journey.

“To listen closely, with every fiber of our being, at every moment of the day, is one of the most difficult things in the world, and yet it is essential if we mean to find the God whom we are seeking.” --Esther de Waal

When/with whom am I able to listen?

When/with whom is it difficult to listen?

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