The Carthusian Monastery d'Scala-Dei - Ladder of God
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I could never see myself as a monk. Who would? Monks and nuns are shut away from the real world. How is that relevant today?
No, I could never be a monk except for the parts of monasticism about:
Seeking a deeper spiritual lifeSo I guess I can see that some parts of monasticism might apply to the spirituality I seek. But that’s all. No more.
Seeking God in everything I do
Praying without ceasing
Lectio divina (divine reading)
The divine office
Living a simple life free of the world's fads and clatter
Making my life the "journey to dwell with God"
Being refreshed from the wells of ancient Christian spirituality and the early desert and church fathers.
Let monks and nuns keep everything else about monastic life that does not apply to me — you know, those parts about learning how to live in harmony in a monastic community and how to get along with the people we live with and share life with. That's not relevant to me, I am married with a family.
Picture is The Carthusian Monastery d'Scala-Dei by art_es_anna and is used subject to license. The link to the picture contains information by the photographer about this first Carthusian monastery in the Iberian Peninsula. Here is another summary about the Ladder of God monastery.