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The Holy Irrelevance of the Contemplative Christian Life

Christians with a call to the contemplative life often experience confusion, dissatisfaction, even shame and guilt. Let’s face it: contemporary American society is decisively focused outward, entrenched and adrift in the things of this world. We measure our lives and the value of them by outward achievements, by the things we can quantify, by external signs. This is why Christians who hear the call to the secret inner life tend to experience frustration and even depression. While their desire is to delve into that interior quietude and the things of the Spirit, everything and everyone around them tells them that they must enter the fray and the clash of outward things, the things of the flesh. Even their churches tell them so: they must do-good. They must be activists, always...

What is God’s Will for My Life?

Christians often wonder about the work of the Christian life. With no small amount of anxiety, we find ourselves asking, “What is God’s will for my life?” or “What does God want me to do?” While it is important always to ask if our lives are conformed to God’s will, we too often focus these questions on outward things: activities, projects, jobs, money, and other such endeavors in this transitory world. The work to which a Christian is called, however, is chiefly an inner, secret work wrought deep within the soul. It is spiritual work, not carnal work. First seek the kingdom of God, and all else shall come to you....

The Original Christian Sports Ministry: Training in the Life of Prayer

Christian sports ministries seem to be growing in popularity, and it is understandable why. Deep down, we know that being Christian requires an athletic frame of mind. It requires training, teamwork, concentration, acquired skill. It requires that we contend, giving our best and fullest. In the early ages of the Church, Christians were discouraged from participating in secular games. Instead, Christians contended in the unseen, spiritual warfare of a life devoted to prayer. Mons Nubifer Sanctus provides the original Christian sports ministry: training in this way of prayer....

Are You Ready for a Silent Retreat?

Attending a silent retreat at Mons Nubifer Sanctus can be challenging. But challenge and growth in the Christian spiritual life go together. If we are not being challenged, we are likely not growing in our life in God. Our silent contemplative prayer retreats provide authentic training in Christian virtue. They help to deepen prayer and the sense of worship before the incontestable majesty of God. Are you ready to try a silent retreat at Mons Nubifer Sanctus?...

God’s Vision for Us is Our Vision of God

GOD’S VISION FOR US, OR … A Google search on “the vision of God” yields much. Many of the articles and essays of this yield are about God’s vision for us. For an example, we are offered steps to help us find out what God’s vision is for our life. Others offer motivational words about how vision enables us to achieve great things. Vision of the gold medal enables an Olympic athlete to endure the hardships and monotony of long years of training; vision gives us purpose and direction in life. Hence, if we knew what God’s vision was for us, then we would be empowered to achieve it. Predictably, we’re told that God wants us to achieve great things....