A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale

By Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic center chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the jap means of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the earth tells what that trip has intended for him — dwelling as a monk open air the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his full of life religious perform with the must haves of constructing a dwelling, and pursuing a process social justice in a huge American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and produce religious perform into their busy lives

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The social world embraces all relationships, from the most indifferent to the most intimate, and the different contexts in which these relationships unfold. This realm also includes the various communities that bind people together, which allow us to meet and 9 a Monk in the World work together for the common good. It is also through these forums that our cultural life develops, and stimulation — whether aesthetic, intellectual, or emotional — is marshaled into creative outlets that give us culture.

They are places of retreat, renewal, and rest. And most important, they are a countercultural symbol of the spiritual journey we must all make in our own way and at our own pace. Why do I choose to be a monk in the world and not locked away in a remote hermitage? Because I want to identify with and be identified with all those who suffer alone in the world, who are abandoned, homeless, unwanted, unknown, and unloved. I want to know the insecurity and vulnerability they experience, to forge a solidarity with them.

For this reason we live in the world. There is, in our age, a special need for mystics to be present in the world. Their insight, dedication to contemplation, and their heart are needed by those who seek ultimate wholeness, joy, and inner peace, all of which come from living a spiritual life. The world, especially the city, also offers opportunities for our own growth in love, mercy, compassion, kindness, and sensitivity. We see need everywhere. It glares at us in the desperate violence of the ghettos, where drive-by shootings are commonplace; in the endless need for tutors and mentors; in the constant abuse of drugs and other vices; in the forgotten elderly; in the brutal disconnection from nature’s beauty.

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