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The Monastic Spirit – Christine Valters Paintner

July 2, 2020
Entrance to the Chapel at Our Lady of Gethsemane in Kentucky

“The monastic spirit and path is broader than any denomination or tradition. It is an expansive way of being in the world. I find I have much in common with the Buddhist monastic spirit. The monastic way opens us up to conversation with others through the lens of practice and experience. Being a monk in the world means that my life may inspire my neighbor, whether Christian or not, to live a life or greater presence and compassion. As a monk, I discover the sacred in all things, all persons, all experiences.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

How has a religious tradition that you are not affiliated with been helpful in your spiritual journey?

Reask, an early monastic site in County Kerry, Ireland
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