December 28, 2006

Where is this monk?

A visitor has asked that question.

My monastery is in the city of Oceanside, in the County of San Diego. Until the end of this coming April I am living and helping at St. Therese Catholic Church in the city of San Diego.


4 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Father, how about a post on your calling to a contemplative life that now finds you, temporarily, in an active life engaged in pastoral duties?

In discerning your vocation, what were some of the things that led you to religious priesthood rather than secular priesthood?

In his autobiography, Merton concludes the contemplative life is superior to the active life (I think he comes to that conclusion anyway). Since you have your feet in both, what are your thoughts?

I ask because I always find it fascinating and inspirational to hear others describe their faith path.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merton concludes the contemplative life is superior to the active life (I think he comes to that conclusion anyway)

Yes and it is a shame that Merton decided on the "active life".

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Farrell's suggestion is a great one. I second it. How about an article? an interview? part of a conference?

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

I don't think anyone can claim to know enough about Merton's calling to judge his path to be a mistake ("God's thoughts are not Man's thoughts", and all of that).

I do think it odd that one could judge one vocation to be superior to another however. To me this runs counter to what St. Paul teaches in his letter to the Romans.

8:02 AM  

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