The simple life

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n her recent book Flirting with Monasticism, Karen Sloan writes “Not everyone is called to the monastic life, but many of us would be blessed if we were able to live more monastically.” This is a question of particular significance for a church community that bears the name of Benedict, one of the key founders of monastic life.

Kara Mandryk holds a Doctorate in Worship Studies and is Assistant Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality at Providence College. At ideaExchange in early March, Kara spoke to those of us who won’t be taking up vows but who still wonder if we can reframe and adopt the three primary monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in an effort to live more monastically?

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