A curious thing happens in Malory’s Morte Darthur. Arthur’s world is one contemporaneous with the Roman Empire. The Celtic king even conquers Rome, and in Malory’s version, becomes crowned emperor. (Other versions deftly have Arthur called back last minute to avoid any awkward questions about why we’ve never heard of a Roman emperor named Arthur.) … More Sir Monday and the Monks of the Round Table
If you’re new to the blog and wondering who that Br. Monday guy was from last Monday’s post, I thought I would collect all of his adventures again here. 1. Abba a Word The start of the series with a little primer on the origins of the monastic movement and the Sayings of the Desert … More Who’s Br. Monday
We’ve been talking about genre lately, and today we’re going to take a look at how some of Br. Monday’s adventures are a type of genre. Most of them are taken from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a collection of wisdom stories from the early monastic movement in 5th century Egypt. In The Dialogical Imagination, Mikhail … More The Metamorphosis of Br. Monday
I mentioned last Monday that I sometimes apply the monastic method of lectio divina (sacred reading) to the first few times I read a poem. Following Parker Palmer’s suggestion that students need contemplative reading practices to balance the institutional leaning toward shallow “speed reading,” Mike Ruso and Paul Corrigan developed a variant of lectio for literature that … More How to Read Literature Like a Monk
Okay I know I retired Br. (ahem Abba) Monday. Last we saw, he was hanging out on a mountain somewhere eating pizza and scrounging up beer money whenever he could. But there are no rules on Leap Day so I figured we’d better spend it day drinking with the good abba. On Abba Monday’s calendar … More Happy Leap Day from Br. Monday!
We had our last Monastic Mondays post last week. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen Abba Monday since. I keep meaning to get around to his mountain, but that would mean walking uphill and then just sitting around while he gave me that look and you know how it goes. So I … More The Legend of Abba Monday
Things didn’t quite work out with the Thelemites. It just so happens to turn out that when everyone does whatever they want, nothing gets done. First they forgot to pay the maids. Then the pizza boxes started piling up. And the last straw was when Br. Monday was all set to watch The Walking Dead … More The Hermitage of Br. Monday