The name takes its inspiration chiefly from Exodus 24:18, which describes Moses’s ascent up the Holy Mountain into the cloud of the Shekinah Glory, the presence of God. This theme is taken up in the New Testament in the passages dealing with the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor and the Ascension, for two examples.
These texts, and others like them, have consistently been read by the great spiritual wardens of the Church in terms of encounter with God, who is ultimately dark to the conceptual mind (the cloud) but luminous to love (the glory). Christian spiritual classics such as Dionysius the Areopagite’s “The Mystical Theology”, Gregory of Nyssa’s “The Life of Moses”, Maximus the Confessor’s “Difficulty 10″, and the 14th century anonymous English work “The Cloud of Unknowing” all follow in this tradition, as do numerous other writings through the age of the Church and up to the present day.
In contemplative prayer we calm the disorderly and aggressive blather of discursive thought, there to discover the tender, longing love that is buried within each of us. Moving beyond conceptual ideas about God and being, we begin to encounter the transfiguring reality of the divine life.
Recapturing the vision of God.
Fostering full-contact discipleship in a fragmented world, Mons Nubifer Sanctus is a place set apart for the meticulous study and practice of contemplative Christianity. We emphasize life-long, face-to-face spiritual companionships and mentorships, and a life daily inspired by the vision of God that reaches beyond a Sunday to Sunday obligation. Grounded in the fullness of the ancient faith, our programs are aimed at the realization of truly Christian character, the knowledge of God, and wakefulness to divine love.
We encourage Authenticity and Maturity for the development of Virtue and Clarity.
We seek Reconciliation and Renewal for the realization of Flourishing and Fullness, consummated in the love of God.