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jill-jepson's picture
Jul.05.2012
  Whenever I have stayed in a monastery, I have left wishing I could bring a touch of it with me, back to the world of deadlines and busy-ness, noise and chatter. The monastic life is devoted to the qualities that bring about spiritual clarity: quiet, contemplation, devotion, simplicity. These...
jill-jepson's picture
Jul.04.2012
  So, there I was sitting at my computer writing about the simplicity and silence of the monastic life for this evening’s blog. I have a lot to say about this topic—it’s something I think about often. I had lined up quotes from Herman Melville and Pico Iyer, Thomas Merton and Wayne G. Barr,...
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Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...
jill-jepson's picture
Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...
jill-jepson's picture
Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...
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May.26.2010
It has been nearly four decades now since the limits to industrial civilization’s trajectory of limitless material growth on a limited planet have been clearly visible on the horizon of our future.  Over that time, a remarkable paradox has unfolded.  The closer we get to the limits to growth, the...