One of the most characteristic monastic practices, once stressed from the origins of monasticism, is silence. The practice of keeping silence has been handed down by monastic tradition as an effective means of preparing monks and nuns for the experience of the living God. Silence teaches us to pray by holding ourselves quietly attentive and receptive in the divine presence, standing still before God.
Our Community will be discussing Chapter 6 ‘Silence’ and the importance of silence at our next Chapter meeting in November.
For three decades, Cumming’s Monastic Practices has been a valued resource for English-speaking aspirants to monastic life. In this second edition, updated and expanded, Charles Cummings, OCSO, explores the common practices of the monastic life in order to rediscover them as viable means of leading persons to a deeper encounter with God. How do monks and nuns occupy themselves throughout the day? Have they modernised their lifestyle or is it still cluttered with medieval customs? Could any of the monastic practices be of use to those outside the monastery? A certain wisdom is necessary to know how to use such practices and how to give oneself to them until they lead one to God.
Cistercian Publications, ISBN 978-0-87907-050-2