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Monastic Life: A Sign of Contradiction to the Fashionable Idols

Bonnie B. Thurston

BONNIE THURSTON is a New Testament scholar and poet, a spiritual director and an experienced retreat leader. She is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is the author or editor of nineteen theological books, including Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, and five collections of poetry.

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From its beginnings the monastic life has presented a counter-cultural way of living: a contemplative search for God dependent on simplicity of life at odds with society’s latest fashions. Monastic community life, where the members are formed in love of God and of each other, is a distinct challenge to idolatry and injustice, reminiscent of the prophets of old. Bonnie Thurston reflects on how the contemplative and prophetic voices of monasticism are expressed in the current context of twenty-first century living.


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