Christian in the World
The Christian in the World lecture series, sponsored by Mount Angel Institute, is an integrated program of study, prayer and discussion for Catholics who want to live their faith more deeply. The program seeks to help participants gain a more profound understanding of the Scriptures and the Church, and to support lay people in exploring how to live their baptismal vocation in everyday life.
The Christian in the World & Monastic Spirituality
A four-part series led by Fr. John Paul Le, OSB, Abbot Peter Eberle, OSB, Br. Ambrose Stewart, OSB, and Fr. Michael Shrum, OSB.
Unsurprisingly, monks are practitioners of monastic spirituality. Might a monk’s spirituality have a broader reach, even being relevant for a Christian in the world? The four lectures of the winter/spring 2024 series will explore this question.
January 27, 2024
What is monastic spirituality?
Led by Br. Ambrose Stewart, OSB
Monastic spirituality as a guide for life for every person is the theme for the winter/spring 2024 Christian in the World series. The first lecture is titled, “What is monastic spirituality?” The focus is on the Desert Fathers – those 3rd and 4th century monks who first fled to the Egyptian desert in search of God.
The first half of the lecture considers the life of Saint Antony, “the father of all monks,” and the collected Sayings of the Desert Fathers. In the second half, we look at Saint Pachomius, the father of cenobitic (communal) monasticism, along with Saint John Cassian, whose Institutes and Conferences synthesized the wisdom of the Egyptian desert and transmitted it to the Latin West.
The unifying theme in all of this is Scripture. The desire to radically embody Scripture in their lives consumed these early monks. This desire is just as relevant for Christians in the World today as it was for the 4th century desert-dwellers.
Note: This first talk has been moved to January 27 due to potential inclement weather on original date.
February 10, 2024
Monastic spirituality: A journey together to everlasting life.
Led by Abbot Peter Eberle, OSB
In his talk, “Monastic spirituality: A journey together to everlasting life,” Abbot Peter explains how monastic community life is structured, its purpose, and how learning about the spirituality of community life can help lay people live out their Christian vocation. He will, in part, base his presentation on chapter 72 from the Rule of St. Benedict:
“… This, then, is the good zeal which monks must foster with fervent love: They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Romans 12:10), supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weaknesses of body or behavior, and earnestly competing in obedience to one another. No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else. To their fellow monks, they show the pure love of brothers; to God, loving fear; to their abbot, unfeigned and humble love. Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”
March 9, 2024
Monastic spirituality: Listening to and praying with God’s voice.
Led by Fr. John Paul Le, OSB
April 13, 2024
Monastic spirituality: Reaching out to and being formed by the world around us.
Led by Fr. Michael Shrum, OSB
The presentations are held in the Abbey library auditorium from 9:15 to 11:45 am.
You may register at the door at the event or use the online registration form below.