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

The great spiritual temptation in anybody’s life is to find the perfect spot that speaks of God to me.

For some people, it is sitting on a hill overlooking the lake.

For others, it’s doing yoga in a dark room in the basement...

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 10: Direction and Counsel

This next chapter on the living of community in monastic life, Chapter 10, on Direction and Counsel may well open you to a whole new way to look at leadership and...

October 3, 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.

Holy Family by Br. Mickey McGrath
Holy Family by Br. Mickey McGrath

What often gets lost between the Thanksgiving turkey and the pre-Christmas sales? The season of Advent. “Christmas,” Joan Chittister writes, “is not meant to be simply a day of celebration; it is meant to be a month of contemplation. But because Advent has been lost we have lost one of the richest seasons of the year.”