Tales of the Hasidim

With all the trouble they’re having with Br. Monday, the abbas are pretty busy today. Some are discussing what to do. Others are secretly wondering if the new Thelemite way of life is all that bad. And one abba (I won’t say who) hasn’t been seen all day… So, I thought we would head out from … More Tales of the Hasidim

Deconstructing the Desert

How can deconstruction relate to the Desert Fathers? Jacques Derrida’s method of deconstruction is in some ways a critique of religious thought. It exposes assumptions that we rely on in Western culture, such as an overlying concept of intelligibility and reason, that we call the logos, that transcends and anchors all meaning. Early monasticism is … More Deconstructing the Desert

Where is Br. Monday?

I’m sorry to say, but Br. Monday was quite hurt by my words last week. He hasn’t spoken to me since and has been gallivanting around the countryside rather than following his monastic schedule (not that he actually followed it before, but he always made a splendid show of pretending to follow it). I discovered he had … More Where is Br. Monday?

The Worst Kind of Monk

We learned about a new mission statement last time on Monastic Mondays, but some of you may be wondering perhaps what Br. Monday’s rejected statement was. Fortunately, I found it crumpled up in the corner of the chapter room after he sulked away. Here it is: “To seek myself and share nothing anywhere.” In case … More The Worst Kind of Monk