Calling All Contemplatives

Thunderstorms rolled across New Orleans on this Saturday morning, yet 43 contemplatives still gathered to hear Brother Ephrem Arcement, a young monk from St. Joseph Abbey, as he issued us a call to become a presence in the world and to encounter the stream of lives all around us as presences through whom the Sacred is manifesting. If we follow his guidelines there will be other storms brewing within us.
A contemplative path of seeking Presence within and without means cultivating a transformative life. Our lives will likely be turned upside down at times as we expose our vulnerable beings to God and others. This is the Way we follow. Do not join us if you prefer the comfort of status quo. Do not seek a vibrant Presence if you prefer to strengthen the security of your own kingdom. But come walk this Way with us if you are up for the radical adventure of inviting the invasion of Spirit to ruin us, and save us, to spend our days walking in God’s kingdom.
One of my favorite invitations from Richard Rohr was his description of God’s desire to pull the scaffolding out from under our false selves so that True Self could emerge. I heard Brother Ephrem’s call as a similar invitation to get real with God in daily contemplative practices by exposing our broken and struggling selves to be washed clean of impurity and set free to shine forth the glory of God as a formidable presence in the world. Shall we not now encounter the very presence of God as we encounter those beings God fashioned in Her own image each day?
When I sign copies of my first book, Monks in the World, I do so with the phrase “Come walk this Way with us.” So that is my invitation to you right now in my first blog. We in the School for Contemplative Living are not “experts” in contemplative living. We simply join monks everywhere in seeking God as our first priority, and we could use your support as we seek to form a monastery of the heart together. Respond to this blog and answer this call to “Come walk this Way with us.”


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through; and of a blog on, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (, adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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One Response to Calling All Contemplatives

  1. wasloan21 says:

    Here’s an answer to the call 🙂 Looking forward to future posts and getting started on reading that first book. – Alex

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