THE BENEDICTINE PRACTICE OF HUMILITY VIA ZOOM 2022
November 4 @ 5:30 pm - November 6 @ 10:00 am
Thomas Merton wrote that the goal of monastic life was purity of heart, “. . . a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one’s own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ.” In St. Benedict’s Rule, the way to purity of heart was through the practice of humility; for him, humility required much from the individual if it was to be authentic, and so he recommended living in community and moving through twelve development steps to obtain it. Before St. Benedict wrote his 6th century Rule, 3rd-5th century desert monks Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian identified eight deadly thoughts that could derail the spiritual journey. What do these eight deadly thoughts- as well as the twelve steps of humility- have to offer us in the 21st century as we work out our own salvation through the practice of humility? This workshop includes small group interactions on questions related to the relationship between the individual and the community in light of the eight deadly thoughts and the twelve steps of humility.