We do not understand how un-restful we are until we experience divine rest. Much of the way we live does violence to the spirit, because it demands things that our true self has no intention of doing. We labor to fulfill obligations. But by being “useless” on the world’s terms, we can live honorably and uphold our larger, more important commitments. We can fulfill our commitments on monastic and contemplative terms, not according to the conditions and desires of the world.
If you desire to be monastic, you will find peace of heart when you realize that the Divine is already working in you, calling you to solitude. This is passive contemplation and divine rest, and the essence of the call to monkhood.
Excerpt, “My Soul a Feast of Prayers,” Forthcoming, © Beverly Lanzetta 2018
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