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The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher I have possibly come late to The Benedict Option conversation. I am not sure that I’ve been missing as much as some might have implied. Rod Dreher calls for a “strategic withdrawal” from mainstream society, and terms this “the Benedict Option”.… Continue Reading

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Star Wars Spirituality

Star Wars Spirituality

I have left this post until now, as it contains spoilers, so that most interested will have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A lot of Star Wars spirituality is pretty overt (even down to the liturgical greeting, “The Force be with you”, the Force being that which “surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds… Continue Reading

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Four Stages of Life

I’m reading Hermits; The Insights of Solitude and appreciating what it offers, including a lot of the quotes it presents. In a book focusing mainly on solitude in the Christian tradition, I was taken by the chapter on Ramakrishna in which it reminded me that life, for a Hindu, is divided into four stages: bramacarya… Continue Reading

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Upon This Rock

Upon This Rock

Film-maker Stephen Riehl was developing a work of fiction about a man who in the face of a world growing increasingly materialistic, depersonalized, and divided decides to withdraw into contemplation and become a modern day stylite. While researching stylite asceticism he happened upon a photo essay by Georgian photo journalist Temo Bardzimashvili about an Orthodox… Continue Reading

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Mount Athos

Mount Athos

An unprecedented documentary of life on the Holy Mountain, a place rarely seen, where prayer has been offered every day for more than a thousand years. I have had the blessing of being there. Continue Reading

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