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  • Bikini-clad sports grads combat monks to become rafting lifesavers in China

    06/20/2016 1:41:28 PM PDT · by DFG · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/20/2016 | Tracy You
    A Chinese rafting attraction has established a team of bikini-clad lifeguards to ensure the safety of its visitors and accompany solo tourists to enjoy the water sport. To become a member of the 'Goddess Lifesavers' at Gulongxia Rafting in southern China, candidates must wear bikinis and combat kung fu masters before being recruited. Pictures emerged from the media showed a team of keen applicants practising martial arts skills with monks from China's famous Shaolin Temple on June 17 at the attraction in Guangdong Province, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity: St Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    12/07/2015 6:23:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Greek American Girl ^ | 11-02-2015 | Greek American Girl
    The Ladder of Heavenly UnityMoses approached the divine fire of the Burning Bush with the footsteps of his mind bare, completely free from any human trains of thought, wrote Saint Maximos the Confessor. Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals – together with all earthly logic – monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity – some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.One need look...
  • Seinfeld Liberals

    06/27/2005 7:58:15 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 209 replies · 5,039+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/26/05 | Ed Lasky
    Seinfeld was a television marvel. Perhaps the most successful situation comedy series of all time, it ran from 1989 to 1998, and has become an omnipresent aspect of our lives as it continually runs in syndication and lives on in best-selling DVD box sets, making fortunes in the hundred millions for both of its co-creators. But there is yet another facet of Seinfeld at which we can marvel: the cast of characters on the show weirdly foreshadowed the rise to prominence of a large component of the dominant urban liberal wing of the Democratic Party. With a nod to Brian...
  • Happy New Year, Mr. Soros

    12/31/2007 1:45:17 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 12 replies · 357+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2007 | George H. Wittman
    The pictures shown on television in August and September '07 were clear, despite the efforts of the Burmese police to restrict coverage: Hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist monks marched in front of an even larger number of mostly young men. Repeatedly they were challenged by security forces and dispersed, first with batons, then tear gas and rubber bullets, and finally gunfire. -- snip -- As it turns out, George Soros and his Open Society Institute contracted with professional trainers to instruct Burmese dissidents. -- snip -- According to the Soros mentality and political theory, the invasion of Iraq to depose the...
  • Benedictine monks top Andrea Bocelli on the best-selling album charts

    07/20/2015 11:04:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | 2015-07-17 | staff
    ou are listening to one of the 33 songs from the album "Benedicta. Those voices belong to the Benedictine monks of Norcia, and they are singing sweet words and pious prayers to the Virgin Mary. The album begins like this. Those are bells from their monastery. When they stop ringing, the monks intone responses and hymns in the grand tradition of Gregorian chant. They provide for many of their community's needs with profits from sales.
  • Fake Buddhist monks are the new squeegee men of New York

    06/14/2015 11:11:17 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies ^ | June 14, 2015 | Melissa Klein and Stephanie Pagones
    Theyre holy terrors. Bands of beggars dressed like Buddhist monks have invaded the High Line and other city parks, demanding upwards of $40 from tourists and officials are fed up. One High Line visitor handed over $5 last week, but it wasnt good enough. He tried to get $20, she told The Post. Another monks zen demeanor dissolved after he got just a buck in exchange for the cheap plastic bracelet he proffered.
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthews Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • Monks bring Trappist art of beer-making to the United States

    05/21/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 21, 2015 | Chaz Muth
    Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS) Two members spent six months learning the art in BelgiumA Trappist brewery has opened for the first time in the United States.The new brew, Spencer Trappist Ale, is made at St Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, by Cistercian, or Trappist, monks who wear the distinctive black and white habit.Brother Jonah Pociadlo told Catholic News Service: “It’s got a wonderful smell to it. I hesitate to describe it, because it’s something I think is pretty subjective. But I can almost taste it without it even touching my lips.”The association requires...
  • You have not been helpful: Monk loses temper dealing with United Airlines customer service

    01/04/2015 7:38:30 AM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/3/15 | By Michael Walsh
    Brother Noah of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico says he failed to stay peaceful while dealing with United Airlines on the phone, the New York Times reported. I said to her something like: Thank you for speaking. God bless you. I will pray for you. But you have not been helpful, he told the broadsheet. When David Segal, author of "The Haggler" column, suggested this did not sound like much of an outburst, Brother Noah said he knows the tone of his voice manifested anger.
  • How Catholic Monks Made the West Rich

    12/11/2014 4:20:39 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 20 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | Enza Ferreri
    Why is the West richer than other parts of the world? What creates wealth? The scientific journal Science Nordic reports that a new PhD thesis tries to find an answer to these questions, very topical in times of bailouts and double-dip recessions and very challenging for economists, in Medieval history. And it discovers that it was the Roman Catholic order of Cistercian Monks that left a long-lasting legacy of cultivation of the virtues which made the West prosperous. ...One of the clues the thesis follows begins in France in 1098, when a breakaway group of monks formed a new...
  • The Monks of the Abbey of St Mary Magdalene

    10/04/2014 10:07:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Regina ^ | Bridget Green
    Father Cyril is a monk of the monastery of Le Barroux in Provence.These cloistered Benedictines in this remote mountain hamlet of 615 souls have grown so rapidly in recent decades that they have outgrown their (new) quarters and still the young vocations keep coming. In this revealing interview, Pere Cyril takes us into the story of his vocation and the lives of the more than 60 monks in this extraordinary monastery, the Abbey of St Mary Magdalene. What attracted you to the cloistered life? I was drawn to the cloistered life by the desire for a true interior life...
  • ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

    07/24/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Frances Martel
    The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. According to the Agence France-Presse, the monastery, a famous landmark of early Christianity, is now fully in the hands of ISIS jihadists ... The monastery itself is one of the oldest monuments in the history of Christianity
  • St. Joseph Abbey monks can legally sell caskets (SCOTUS rejects LA funeral dir board rq for hearing

    10/19/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    nola ^ | October 15, 2013 | Heather Nolan
    The St. Joseph Abbey monks will be able to legally sell handcrafted caskets from their St. Tammany Parish monastery near Covington after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Louisiana's board of funeral directors to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed the monks to sell caskets without a funeral director's license."We're just happy to know that our economic liberty has been protected, and we're also happy to know that maybe we've helped secure the rights of others," Abbot Justin Brown said of the Supreme Court's decision. "It's a good feeling. It does...hopefully put this issue to rest."The Louisiana...
  • Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction [tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs]

    07/29/2013 4:47:24 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 27 replies ^ | Monday 29 July 2013 | Andy Dabilis
    Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction By Andy Dabilis on July 29, 2013 in News 87 16 2 213 An earlier clash between the Mt. Athos monks and police Angry monks at the Esphigmenou Monastery in the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece, refusing to obey an eviction order, tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs attempting to serve them on July 29, chasing them off the premises of the famed peninsula.The monks of Esphigmenou Monastery who are in the residential quarters and are in a defense position to defend it, threw some objects from inside...
  • 969: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma

    05/04/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 72 replies
    France24 ^ | 03/05/2013 | Aung Rangoon / Ko Moe Myint
    969: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma This photo shows the cover of two CDs with the '969' logo at the top. On the far right is the monk Wirathu, the leader of the '969' campaign. The CD is titled "Monks' teachings: How to protect our religion and nation." Photo courtesy of MMedia. Brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number "969" are popping up in cities all over Burma. These look innocuous enough at first glance. However, 969 actually denotes an anti-Islam campaign led by hardliner Buddhist monks. Burmese Muslims say it has stirred up hatred and...
  • This Side of Eden: A True Feast for the Senses (Westminster Abbey, Hamilton BC)

    03/30/2013 7:14:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Salt and Light ^ | March 29, 2013 | Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
    On a hill overlooking the Fraser Valley in Mission, British Columbia is a remarkable center of life, prayer, work, hope, and peace known as Westminster Abbey. Considered to be Mission's most famous landmark, with its striking bell tower and austere yet modern church, this renowned Benedictine monastery attracts thousands of visitors annually. Why do so many people make the journey up the hill in such great numbers? What are they seeking? Whom are they seeking?Monasticism, though still a curiosity, is more and more an attractive curiosity. Monasticism sinks its roots into the real world of God by seeking an...
  • Did Catholic Monks Make the West Rich?

    07/25/2012 7:52:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | July 25, 2012 | Rasmus Karkov
    Why is the Western part of the world enjoying wealth and growth, while other countries are left behind in poverty? A new PhD thesis seeks to find an answer to this question by digging deep into the underlying mechanisms of growth. One of the clues the thesis follows begins in France in 1098, when a breakaway group of monks formed a new monastic order. Well get back to that, but first we need to delve a little deeper into the underlying factors of wealth and growth. ......................................................... We are cementing that the monks passed on their cultural values by showing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MONASTERY, 06-02-12

    06/02/2012 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 06-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MONASTERY The place where religious dwell in seclusion. The term applies mainly to religious men or women who live a cloistered, contemplative life and recite the entire Divine Office in common. (Etym. Greek monast_rion, from monazein, live alone.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Buddhist monks caught gambling, smoking and drinking at party

    05/13/2012 12:01:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after secret video footage showed some supposedly serene monks raising hell, playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking.The scandal erupted just days before Koreans observe a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the holiest day of the religion's calendar. The head of the Jogye order, which has some 10 million followers, or about a fifth of the population, made a public apology on Friday, vowing "self-repentance". South Korean TV networks aired shots of monks playing poker, some smoking and drinking, after gathering at a luxury lakeside hotel in late...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CELESTINES, 04-28-12

    04/28/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 04-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CELESTINES A branch of the Benedictines founded by Pope St. Celestine in 1250. It survived until 1785, when its last surviving house of Calavino near Trent was closed. First established on Monte Morrone, its spirit was one of great asceticism, favoring the solitary monastic life. At one time, it numbered one hundred fifty monasteries and exerted great influence even over the mother Benedictine community at Monte Cassino. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS, 03-02-12

    03/02/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS A community of Catholic Armenian monks, founded at Constantinople in 1701 and living under a modified Benedictine Rule. Established by Mechitar of Sebaste, an Armenian priest who submitted to Rome, the community was driven from Constantinople and took refuge in Venetian territory, finally on the island of San Lazzaro. Another section later settled in Vienna. The Mechitarists are engaged in education and missionary work and have published many important Armenian writings. They use the Armenian Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • Richard Gere Praises Self-Immolating Monks

    01/12/2012 4:59:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | lindastcyr
    Recently, there has been an uprising of protests by Tibetan monks over Chinas occupation of Tibet and the exile of the Dalai Lama. The protests are not done with signs and chanting but with self-immolation or the act of burning oneself alive. Richard Gere has praised the actions of the Buddhists monks calling them a pure act. Gere, a long-time Buddhist, says, It all really comes down to motivation. I mean none of these self-immolators have harmed anybody else. It is totally a self-sacrifice for their people, for others. So on that level its a pure act. But I think...
  • The Battle of Bethlehem: 100 rival priests clash at church built to mark birth of Jesus

    12/29/2011 5:22:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2011 | Lucy Buckland
    An extraordinary brawl between clergymen broke out yesterday at the very site where Jesus is said to have been born. The annual cleaning of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem descended into a battle between the rival Christian denominations that share it. Brooms, fists and vicious insults flew in all directions between 100 priests and monks dressed in their traditional robes. The fight ended only after Palestinian police, bending their heads to squeeze through the churchs low door of humility, rushed in with batons to restore order. The row is believed to have begun after a clergyman of one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CLERICAL COMMUNITY, 12-28-11

    12/28/2011 12:24:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 12-28-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CLERICAL COMMUNITY The living and sharing together that the Church has traditionally favored and encouraged for men in the clerical state. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Monks' once-flourishing business ends

    11/26/2011 11:17:01 AM PST · by Daffynition · 87 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via KansasCityStar ^ | Nov. 23, 2011 | ANNYSA JOHNSON
    They were dubbed the Millionaire Monks, a small monastic community in rural Wisconsin feted around the world for its wildly successful Internet business selling laser printer inks and toners. As recently as 2009, the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank was projecting annual sales of $3.5 million for its for-profit business, LaserMonks Inc. And their prior and chief executive officer, Father Bernard McCoy, was talking expansion - of both the company and the abbey. Today, the monks' 15,000-square-foot home on 500 acres in Sparta, Wis., is all but empty. They sold off their belongings - everything from furniture...
  • Kennedy Family Feud [Rose Wanted to Donate Home to Benedictines, Ted Tore Up papers]

    07/24/2011 1:25:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7/18/11 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The Kennedys fought with the likes of Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert Bork over the duration of thirteen presidential administrations. Now that no Kennedy holds political office in Washington, they're fighting each other. The family feud involves two iconic landmarks: the Kennedy Cape Cod compound and the John F. Kennedy Library overlooking Dorchester Bay. In Hyannis Port, Ted Kennedy's heirs prepare to transform the waterfront mansion the family has owned for 85 years into a retreat for thinkers and politicians contemplating public policy. The compound where early movie-mogul Joe Kennedy screened films for starlet Gloria Swanson, where the brood...
  • We Tried to Portray Their Humanity [Film about Trappist Monks Murdered in Algeria]

    12/20/2010 3:32:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/20/10 | Anna Arco
    The discovery of the decapitated heads of seven French Trappist monks in Algeria in May 1996 shocked France and provoked a great outpouring of public emotion. Over 10,000 people gathered in Pariss Place du Trocadro to show their solidarity with the murdered monks. Earlier that year, in March, the monks had been abducted from the Tibhirine monastery in the Atlas mountains by a group of 20 armed men. For many, their decapitation also marked the climax of Algerias civil war between Islamist rebel groups and the Algerian government. The monks bodies were never found, which raised questions about who had...
  • Monks' protest angers women (Limerick, Ireland)

    02/03/2011 4:14:47 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 40 replies
    Limerick Leader ^ | 01/26/2011 | Petula Martyn
    A 'PRAYERFUL protest' outside the family planning clinic in Limerick by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal has been severely criticised by women across the country who rang RTE's Liveline yesterday, to voice their anger. The Franciscan Friars, who are known in Limerick as the Moyross Monks, staged a protest outside the Family Planning Clinic on Mallow Street on Saturday in a campaign against promiscuity. Siobhan, a young Limerick woman, who attended the clinic at the weekend rang Joe Duffy on Tuesday and said she had felt intimidated by their presence. She said one of the friars stared at her...
  • Mount Carmel Monastery Approved! Good News for the Monks and for the Church

    10/09/2010 5:56:28 AM PDT · by tcg · 21 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/9/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Praised be Jesus Christ" said the joyful voice of a monk on the other end of the line. Within minutes I heard another joyful voice, Fr. Daniel Mary of Jesus Crucified, the Prior of this burgeoning monastic community in Wyoming formally called "Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary". I had another absolutely delightful conversation with this wonderful priest and spiritual father. ... The last time we spoke, Father shared the monk's hopes to build a new monastery to house their growing young community. The artist's rendering of the 144,000 square foot French Gothic style monastery alone can send one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OLIVETANS, 08-31-10

    08/31/2010 10:07:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 08-31-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OLIVETANS The Order or Our Lady of Mount Olivet, a branch of the Benedictines founded by St. Bernard Tolomei in 1313 at Mount Oliveto near Siena. They follow a strict interpretation of the Rule of St. benedict and for a time were total abstainers from wine. There are also Olivetan nuns, based in Switzerland. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Storming Heilegenkreuz: Austrian Monastery's Vocations Explode

    08/27/2010 11:04:20 AM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/26/2010 | Tancred
    88 Monks, average age 47: "It is above all the Liturgy in the Gregorian Choir as well as our loyalty to the Pope and the Church's teachings", said P Karl Wallner. Vienna ( Press) IN the Cistercian Monastery of Heiligenkreuz in the Vienna Wood, the number of Monks has risen to 88, which means a doubling in the last year, and the highest manpower in its almost 900 year history. The average age of the Monks is 47 years. "Such a wave of young people who want to participate in our life hasn't happened since the Middle Ages,' exclaimed P....
  • VIDEO: Free the Monks & Free Enterprise

    08/24/2010 11:45:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/24/2010 | Institute for Justice
    Under Louisiana law, it is a crime for anyone but a licensed funeral director to sell "funeral merchandise," which includes caskets. To sell caskets legally, the monks of Saint Joseph Abbey would have to abandon their calling for one full year to apprentice at a licensed funeral home, learn unnecessary skills and take a funeral industry test. They would also have to convert their monastery into a "funeral establishment" by, among other things, installing equipment for embalming human remains.
  • Mystic Monks Prepare to Build

    08/20/2010 4:39:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies
    cmr ^ | August 20, 2010 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Perhaps you've seen the rotating ads on CMR promoting the Mystic Monk coffee. Well, they do more than roast beans. They are a newly-founded energetic community of contemplative Carmelites known as the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel who are serious about what they do: "strict monastic enclosure, two hours of contemplative prayer daily, study and spiritual reading, and manual labor." While the community is currently still small (under 20) they are being inundated with vocation inquiries and are planning to build a new monastery on a striking site in Wyoming to be known as the...
  • Silent Monks Singing Halleluia (Great Video You Must See)

    12/06/2009 8:57:42 AM PST · by OneVike · 19 replies · 994+ views
    You Tube ^ | 12/5/09 | sallymathes
    Sometimes we need a little brevity in our day. It is my wish that you all will get a kick out of the creative way these high schools students give a great rendition of Halleluia! Silent Monks Singing Halleluia
  • Monks thriving coffee business helps attract young men to monastery

    11/17/2009 8:32:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 431+ views ^ | 11/16/2009 | Sheila Archambault
    Printer Friendly Format Nation Monks thriving coffee business helps attract young men to monastery By Sheila Archambault Posted: 11/16/2009 WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A small Carmelite monastery in Clark, Wyo., has seen its coffee sales take off in the last couple of years, and the growing awareness of its coffee business has brought an added benefit to the community -- more members. "In the past two years, the monks themselves have grown from six to 15 monks and all the new monks are under 25, some right out of high school," said Susie George, a neighbor of the monks who...
  • Got Monks? Get the Monks!

    10/29/2009 6:04:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies · 536+ views ^ | 10/29/2009 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obamas Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seems determined to go after a small Catholic college in North Carolina. Readers of First Things, the thoughtful journal founded by Rev. Richard Neuhaus, are familiar with the funny ads regularly run by Belmont Abbey. Got Monks? reads the white-on-black ad that encourages serious young Catholics to consider a college where the Benedictine monks seek God and where the students seek truth. But Obamas EEOC obviously reads that ad as an invitation to get the monks. The EEOCs district office in Charlotte, N.C., is demanding that Belmont Abbey cease and desist violating Title...
  • "Our Life As Monks is not set up to sit around and answer phones"

    06/02/2009 10:48:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 676+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | June 2, 2009
    Many readers may be familiar with Laser Monks, the innovative and popular ministry of some Trappists out in Wisconsin. Now, the New York Times looks at the lay women who make that ministry hum: At the ringing of a bowl-shaped bell, five monks at a remote monastery congregated in the chapel here for the fourth of their seven daily rounds of prayer, their voices murmuring a Gregorian chant in Latin. At the same time, in a nearby house on the monastery’s property, the phone was ringing in a small office where two women and an office manager run a multimillion-dollar...
  • Pentecost on Mount Athos (where earthly time is one and the same as the eternal today of heaven)

    05/30/2009 3:54:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 613+ views
    L'Espresso ^ | May 30, 2009 | Sandro Magister
    MOUNT ATHOS – When you see the summit of Athos emerge through the mist of the Aegean, stop the clocks. Because things are on another schedule there. The calendar is the Julian one, 13 days behind the Latin calendar that spread throughout the rest of the world. The hours are counted not from midnight, but from sunset. And it is not under the noon-day sun but in the dark of night that Athos is most alive and pulsating. In songs, lights, and mysteries. Mount Athos is a truly holy land that inspires fear of God. It's not for everyone....
  • Monks taken for 're-education' before Tibet uprising anniversary

    03/09/2009 7:28:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 304+ views
    Times Online ^ | 09 Mar 2009 | Jane Macartney
    Police will take away more than 100 monks for political re-education today on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising that led to the flight of the Dalai Lama. The rounding up of 109 monks from Lutsang monastery in Qinghai province, western China, is one of a series of extraordinary security measures being implemented to prevent restive Tibetans from commemorating the anniversary with protests against Chinese rule. About a quarter of Chinas territory, an area the size of Western Europe, has been closed off to foreigners. Thousands of troops and paramilitary police have been deployed in Tibetan-populated...
  • Monk's tale of survival inspires Teaching assistant escaped genocide in brutal Rwanda

    01/16/2009 9:57:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 469+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 01.15.09 | CLARE TRAPASSO
    Donat Kubwimana escaped Rwanda in a van filled with fellow Catholic monks, all fleeing the genocide that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of their countrymen. Fifteen years later, the 44-year-old is working on his master's degree in French at Queens College in Flushing. On Thursday, he became a U.S. citizen. "I'm so lucky," Kubwimana said after being sworn in. Kubwimana's harrowing tale of survival and achievement has become an inspiration to his Flushing community. "Just his story could have an impact," Brother David Turmel, 60, said of Kubwimana's journey from a Catholic compound in Rwanda to Queens.Kubwimana left...
  • The Core of Monasticism Is Adoration [Catholic Caucus](Homily of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday

    09/10/2007 9:46:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 296+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 09-09-07 | Pope Benedict XVI
    The Core of Monasticism Is Adoration In the address pronounced today at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Pope Benedict XVI offered the whole Church a veritable Charter of Monastic Life for this generation, and for all generations to come. This is, without any doubt, one of the most luminous Pontifical teachings on the monastic vocation ever articulated. I am humbled and set ablaze by it. It deserves study "on bended knee." Thank you, Holy Father!Address of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVIVisit to Heiligenkreuz AbbeySunday, 9 September 2007Most Reverend Father Abbot,Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate,Dear Cistercian Monks of Heiligenkreuz,Dear Brothers and Sisters in...
  • 'There is God in this deserted place' -- Vietnamese monks live in remote Lucerne Valley monastery

    12/30/2008 10:29:03 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 963+ views ^ | December 30, 2008 | DAVID OLSON
    Long before dawn in the remote desert south of Barstow, the only light for miles around is a faint glow from a triple-wide trailer. Inside, several monks chant in Vietnamese. Then there is silence. The trailer is home to the first cloistered Catholic monastery in the Inland area. The white-robed monks pray and chant together seven times a day and silently meditate twice. Here in Lucerne Valley, off a dirt road and at the foot of barren mountains, there is little to disturb them. "There is God in this deserted place," said Brother Matthew Nguyen. "There are not many people...
  • The monks who keep coming to blows in Jerusalem

    11/10/2008 6:24:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies · 265+ views
    The Guardian ^ | November 11 2008 | Toni O'Loughlin
    It was an unholy spectacle. On Sunday, brawling priests and Israeli paramilitary police careened through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after a fight erupted between two rival groups. Armenian monks and their worshippers had been participating in a ceremony marking the 4th-century discovery of the cross on which Christ was crucified when they found their path blocked by a Greek Orthodox monk posted in Jesus's tomb. Fists began flying, kicking monks lost their footing and 10ft ceremonial candlesticks and banners toppled to the ground. Police dragged priests from the melee in head locks and arrested two Armenian...
  • EWTN Premiere of the film - 'INTO GREAT SILENCE' - October 26 at 9pm

    10/24/2008 1:12:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 646+ views
    Step into the riveting silence of Philip Groning's stunning new documentary on the spirituality of Carthusian monks. Filmed without narration and very little dialogue at the Monastery of the Grand Chartreuse in France, Mr. Groning captures the brimming vitality of monastic life and the overpowering sound of God. (U.S. airing only) Sun 10/26/08 9:00 PM ET & 6 PM PT Thu 10/30/08 2:30 PM ET & 11:30 AM PT From the NY Times Lives Lived at a Monks Pace, Allowing Time for the Spirit to Flourish The Carthusian monks who are the subjects of Philip Grnings documentary Into Great...
  • Franciscan monk in a coma after attack at (Italian) monastery

    08/28/2008 5:48:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 200+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | Richard Owen
    Italians were shocked yesterday by a ferocious assault on Franciscan monks by hooded thugs at a monastery in the foothills of the Alps which has left one of the monks fighting for his life. Father Sergio Baldini, 48, the guardian of the San Colombano Belmonte monastery near Turin, and three elderly monks from the Franciscan order of Friars Minor were having their evening meal when they were attacked by three hooded men who gagged and bound them before punching, kicking and beating them with clubs. Father Baldini suffered severe head injuries but also has "serious respiratory problems" because he choked...
  • Musical Christian Monks Cross Over Onto Pop Charts

    07/30/2008 5:15:21 PM PDT · by tcg · 204 replies · 304+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/31/08 | David Ian Miller
    It isn't every day that a group of Catholic monks find themselves on the pop charts. Yet that's what happened to the monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz, a 12th-century Cistercian monastery near Vienna, whose CD of Gregorian chants has become a runaway hit. After its European release in May, "Chant: Music for the Soul" became the top classical album in Britain before crossing over to the pop charts, at one point outselling recordings by Madonna and Amy Winehouse. Even before its U.S. release on July 1, the album became the most popular classical recording in this country, thanks to copious downloads...
  • Biblical Text-Writing May Have Poisoned Monks

    06/27/2008 3:48:57 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 844+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 6-27-2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    Biblical Text-Writing May Have Poisoned Monks Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Damaged Skull June 27, 2008 -- Medieval bones from six different Danish cemeteries reveal that monks who wrote Biblical texts and other religious materials may have been exposed to toxic mercury, which was used to formulate just one of their ink colors: red. The study, which will be published in the August issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, also describes a previously undocumented disease, called FOS, which was like leprosy and caused skull lesions. Additionally, the researchers found that mercury-containing medicine had been administered to 79 percent of the...
  • The Cistercian monks being groomed for music stardom

    05/18/2008 5:59:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 276+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 17, 2008 | Emma Pomfret
    A choir of Cistercian monks is being groomed for chart stardom. Our correspondent discovers how they are coping Within minutes of arriving at the monastery in the Vienna Forest, I see a clutch of men wearing lederhosen, while an oompah band tunes up for the May Day fair. I’m starting to suspect the record company of doing a deal with the Austrian tourist board. As first reported in The Times in March, the Stift Heiligenkreuz monastery is the home of Universal Classics’ latest unlikely stars: the Cistercian monks of the Holy Cross. Already favourites of Pope Benedict, the brothers...
  • Tibet: Over hundred of monks arrested after a raid in Ngaba Kirti Monastery

    03/28/2008 5:33:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 304+ views
    28 March 2008 [For Immediate Release] Over hundred of monks arrested after a raid in Ngaba Kirti Monastery After days of unrest and protests in Ngaba County since 15 March, which saw the death of at least 23 Tibetans, arrest and injury of over hundreds, the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP) and Public Security Bureau (PSB) forces arrested over a hundred monks from Ngaba Kirti Monastery during a raid of the monastery this afternoon, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). Earlier this morning, hundreds of PAP and PSB came to Ngaba...
  • Tibet monks disrupt China media event

    03/27/2008 6:32:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 407+ views
    FT ^ | 03/27/08 | Geoff Dyer
    Tibet monks disrupt China media event By Geoff Dyer in Lhasa Published: March 27 2008 12:27 | Last updated: March 27 2008 12:39 The simmering political tensions in Tibet burst into the open on Thursday in one of Lhasas most important temples when a group of 30 young Buddhist monks interrupted a government-organised visit by journalists with shouts about the lack of freedom in Tibet and in support of the Dalai Lama. The monks were clearly agitated and several wept openly as they accused the authorities of lying to the visiting journalists and promised further demonstrations. We want a free...