Bare Ruined Choirs

As a monk who has lived for almost forty years in a Benedictine monastery, I have had this recurring thought: Monasteries of men and women living the Benedictine Rule are an endangered species. In the near future, these places run the risk of becoming religious theme parks, places where an ancient spiritual heritage draws visitors from the outside who stop by briefly but do not stay to become monks or nuns themselves.

Several developments...

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About the Author

Joel Rippinger, OSB, is a monk of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Illinois.