Monasteries of the Heart

When you become a member of Monasteries of the Heart you receive free weekly practices that can help you develop a monastic spirituality—prayer, lectio (reflective reading), good works, study and community. You also receive free inspirational words each week from three monastic blogs, including one by Sister Joan Chittister. And you join a worldwide community whose members discuss meaningful issues and are intent on impacting the times.

A Seeker's Path

By Joan Chittister

Sayings of the Desert Monastics

 
If there is one great temptation in an era of social media, it has to be the desire to make someone else’s sin the measure of my virtue. In this day and age, it is everybody else’s sins that are our daily news. There is so much gossip...

Sample Lectio

Sit with this icon, Romero by Robert Lentz, in a prayerful setting. What does the icon say to me? What feelings or thoughts does it evoke? What is God’s message for me as I reflect on it?

In addition to new weekly content, Monasteries of the Heart offers regular online courses, retreats and book discussions. While some of this curriculum content is free, many of the courses and retreats have a small fee. Courses and retreats usually include several emails a week, exclusive video or audio content and a facilitated discussion.

Course or Retreat in session now

Instruction on monastic spirituality and way of life is essential if members of Monasteries of the Heart are to carry forward and keep alive the ancient Benedictine tradition.

Initial Monastic Formation for New Members
Study based on the book
The Monastery of the Heart by Joan Chittister

Chapter 8: Mutuality

The last few chapters have led us on a journey to the interior spaces of our soul on our way to God. Nurturing that aspect of your spiritual journey is essential to any future venture.

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June 30, 2016

Next Course or Retreat to be offered

Four to six courses and retreats are offered each year at Monasteries of the Heart. This is our next online offering.

Lectio Divina: A Summer Experience

Lectio Divina, reflective sacred reading, has deep roots in Benedictine spirituality. In this eRetreat you will be invited to use a number of God’s texts—scripture, poetry, music and yoga—as ways to engage in a lifelong conversation with God. Three sisters and one oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie—Anne McCarthy, Mary Lou Kownacki, Jean Wolbert and Joanne Cahill—will serve as your guides.

John Dear

Is the vocation of peacemaker reserved for a chosen few or is it your call too? The late Trappist monk Thomas Merton believed peacemaking and nonviolence were Gospel imperatives. In this four-week eCourse, best-selling author and peace activist John Dear explores how the writings and mentoring of Merton profoundly influenced the peace landscape of the institutional church and continues to shape it still. More importantly it forces all of us who claim to be followers of Jesus to grapple with the demanding invitation of the Sermon on the Mount.