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lux in tenebris

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 25, 2004

Yet another example of the secular media displaying, albeit somewhat shame-facedly, a fascination with contemplative monasticism -- this time concerning Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland:

The men's voices start up next, low and harmonious, the Gregorian chant reverberating around the stone walls, up into the darkness. Only one small candle is burning and the first of the day's prayer services begin. It's undeniably moving, and I think to myself: "If I could start every day like this, would life be different? Would I always be happy? Would I find God?"

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2004 1:35 AM ET USA

    Reginacaeli is correct. The monks at Clear Creek cheerfully live in what used to be a horse barn - yet they labor to bring to fruition their dream of building something beautiful for God - a Romanesque-style monastery that should last a thousand years. Visit them soon and visit them often ... and remember them in your will! Benedicite.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2004 6:13 PM ET USA

    The answers are "yes" and "yes" and "yes." I am privileged to live near a monastery where Mass and the Divine Office are celebrated in Latin. The peace and beauty are life-changing. All that's missing are the stone walls--the actual monastery. For now, the profound prayer of the chant bounces off the walls of a steel horse barn. Generous donations are needed to complete the Romanesque church under construction. Come see us. www.clearcreekmonks.org

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