Tuesday, October 6, 2009

St. Bruno and the Carthusians

Today is the feast of St. Bruno, who founded the Carthusian order of monks. If you have an opportunity, try to see the documentary "Into Great Silence" which chronicles the daily prayer and work lives of the monks of the Gran Chartreuse in the French Alps. The "fathers", as they refer to themselves, eat just one meal in common - on Sundays - and spend the rest of their time in solitary silence, gathering only for Mass and to keep the Hours. In fact, it was exhausting just to watch them pray the Midnight Office. Once a week, the fathers also take a walk, forbidden by their Rule to stop at any public place along the way for food or drink. I find it comforting to know that somewhere in this world, which has so often rejected the Son of God, there is a place where He is first and foremost in the hearts and minds of men who, by their silent contemplation of the Word, try to make amends for the multitude who do not know or love Him.

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