This is beautiful, Mark. In the world, and working full-time, I found that when I practiced silent prayer I often had to take breaks. It was very difficult to go through the unavoidable purgation and at the same time pretend like everything was normal with me at work. I had to take breaks from it to let it work its way through me.

Obviously this is the benefit of a lay contemplative community. It isn't any less of a challenge--maybe it is more of one--but rather that the process is part of the lived rhythm of one's life. The spiral of death and resurrection becomes oddly natural. Being in nature allows us to see that as dying and rebirth as we ourselves undergo it.

A place to come to die...and fully alive.

Thank you for this post. -Jack

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