The new monks

We are the new monks, seekers of You, O God. We await Your guidance, and offer the raw energy of our own beings for Your uses. Today You will be converting Your own dark matter into visible, energetic form throughout the multi-verses. You will be doing Your creative work in secret places across galaxies we could never imagine. Even so, create Yourself in our secret places and then shine forth from us as You choose.

We are the new monks, seeking Your formation as a community. We gather for prayer in silence, attention to Your presence, waiting in stillness, opening our hearts, in hopes You will once again make Your home in us. If You want to rearrange us, reshape us, take us on new adventures, in new directions, way beyond our comfort zones, then today we again say “yes” to You. Do with us as You will.

We are the new monks who do not live together. But we commit to keep making space for You in our lives each day. And we gather as a community to pray, eat, dance, worship, serve, laugh, learn, and teach each other how to follow You by sharing our hearts and lives. We seek guidance from those who have walked this Way before us. We are in communion with all Your friends, no matter their apparent differences of belief or practice.

We are the new monks who use spiritual practices as openings to encounter You. We use many forms of meditation, sacred yoga, book studies, retreats, workshops with speakers, pilgrimages, visits with spiritual directors, and so much more. In fact, we use anything we can try to get close to You, and You in each other. This is our commitment – not to always use the same practice but to use any way we can to get to You.

Can’t You see, O God, (of course You can since You see everything), we want You bad? And it is our very wanting that makes us the new monks and unites us with all the other monks and nuns of every order and every time and place. We sing You, shout You, dance You, pray You, serve You, and fall silent – all for the love of You. We are Your new monks. Make Your home in us today. Amen.

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About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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