On the feast of St. Bruno, remembering a visit with the Carthusians
Fifteen years ago, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of their founding, the Carthusian monks in the US decided to let one reporter—one—visit their community and report on their life. I was honored to be chosen, and my visit to the charterhouse in Vermont was unforgettable. The strict asceticism of the Carthusian life is the first thing a visitor notices; these men cut no corners. But look a little deeper, and the purity, the beauty of their life also becomes evident.
After my visit, I wrote an article about the experience for Catholic World Report. I hope you’ll take time to read it.
Every day we’re engaged in spiritual warfare. There are days when it seems like trench warfare: muddy, hand-to-hand, exhausting. On those days I like to remind myself that we still have the heavy artillery on Mount Equinox. Read the story, and I think you’ll see what I mean.
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Posted by: nix898049 -
Oct. 10, 2016 12:08 PM ET USA
Oh, what a wonderful piece of writing! Thank you. Heavy artillery indeed. And at the service of Our Lady. I think we can all say, 'a(Carthusian)life unaided by Mary is unthinkable'.
Posted by: ElizabethD -
Oct. 06, 2016 5:20 PM ET USA
His Order never seeks anyone's canonization, but the saintly founder of the Vermont Carthusians, Fr. Thomas Verner Moore, should NOT be forgotten. His work in faithfully Catholic psychology prior to (when he was a Benedictine at Catholic University) and even after becoming a Carthusian is of great continued value. His teaching about the human/mental health value of growth in virtue & holiness was only underscored when he chose to give absolute primacy to the spiritual and become a Carthusian.