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 12/3

The Desert Monastics clearly never doubted that there were discernible basics to the development of a spiritual life. Humility, they taught, was its key.

The words fall on foreign ears these days. We teach our children to win, to...

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.

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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.

In Days to Come: Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent
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.”