FATHER LAURENCE FREEMAN and the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, take part in a
dialogue during an initiative hosted by the World Community for Christian Meditation.
At the end of the six months i
realized i was in a double bind. i had
lost my worldly ambition (though
not, unfortunately, my other faults),
but also i did not want to become
a monk, at least not yet. John Main
walked along the path of my confusion with me but never exerted
Talking with counselors
and vocation directors
is helpful—up to a point.
But the real teacher
is “Christ within you,”
as Saint Paul says.
any pressure that would make the
discernment less liberating.
When, as young (or older)
people, we struggle with our life
decisions, we should realize what a
rare time of grace it is to be in this
in-between state. in fact it is the ideal
state to be in for contemplative prayer
because we are detached and as yet
undistracted by the details and ego-traps of our work. it is rare we see
this at the time, but a good counselor
will save us from being impatient and
making a premature decision simply
because we feel insecure or unconventional. A choice made because we
are frightened or want to look good in
the eyes of others is rarely a vocation.
A leap into the dark—
i went off on a pilgrimage and, a little romantically, walked up the steep
hill of Montecassino, site of saint
Benedict’s first monastery. Romanticism usually suffers disillusion and i
was shocked to see how like Disney-world the monastery was—it had
been artificially recreated after being
bombed to nothing in 1945. strange-
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