Thursday, June 16, 2005

Monasticism- MT. TOP Style

Sunday I'll be heading to Mt. TOP for our Youth Summer Mission Trip/Pilgrimage. I'm pretty excited. While staying in the Cumberland mountains where we'll be doing home repair, yard work and whatever God throws our way. I'm always frazzled the week before a trip like this but once I get there I"m definitely in my element.

This year I'm taking a book along with me to use as a devotion time- A RETREAT WITH THOMAS MERTON by M. Basil Pennington. I'm seeing the setup of Mt. TOP- a rustic camp, community of people living a shared and common life together, set times of worship/prayer, community, meals, etc... and times of work/service to neighbor, and play- as a monastic adventure. Mt. TOP as an organization does not see itself this way, but there is a remarkable resemblance to monastic community and structure and the structure of a mission trip such as this.

So next week I'll be away, but keep me and my youth in prayers as we head to East TN to take time out to be a lil' bit monastic.


gavin richardson said...

mtn top monastic? haha! you must be kidding me! lol

Zoomdaddy said...

do your kids see it in the same light?

St.Phransus said...

Monastic: Resembling life in a monastery in style, structure, or manner, especially:
1. Secluded and contemplative.
2. Strictly disciplined or
3. regimented.
4. Self-abnegating; austere.

ok, so contemplative it is not- but it is secluded, strictly disciplined and regimented, and somewhat austere. So 5 out of 6 qualities "ain't bad".


St.Phransus said...

we have our preparation training tomorrow and my plan is to work out of that framework.


Zoomdaddy said...

cool, can't wait to see how the kids respond to it :)

LARouse said...

nice! I hope that you will be a blessing for the people who you encounter.
By the way, my name is Lanecia (Ciona Rouse's sister). I have really enjoyed you blog and I look forward to be in ministry with you guys when I cross back over the pond in August. You blog has turned me on to some great worship communities and opportunities in the UK. Thanks!
Anyway, take care and have enjoy the privilege of it all.
Be God's

Monk-in-Training said...

Phransus, may this prayer lift you up on the Mountain, and may the UnCreated Light of God shine upon you.

Lord Jesus Christ, You became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through Your poverty: Guide and sanctify, we pray, Phransus and all others whom You call to follow You under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, that by their prayer and service they may enrich Your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify Your Name; for You reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

gavin richardson said...

where is my friend? how long is this camp? i forget what you look like.. do i know you?

Oblate X said...

I'm not sure you can be a "little bit monastic" - that is sort of like being a "little bit married". Marriage and monasticism are both defined by the nature of the vow. The monastic vow (in the Benedictine tradition anyway) is to poverty, stability, and conversion. The key to these is stability - the lifelong commitment (much like a marraige vow). Without this vow, and the renunciation of private ownership, it is impossible to experience monastic life, just as it is impossible to experience marriage by sleeping with women you've known for only a week. It's worth thinking about - monasticism can't be "had" in a week's time.