Sunday, April 26, 2015

Into Great Silence

I thought immediately of the Carthusian monks when I saw today's Word of the Day. The 2005 film Into Great Silence ( gave us a taste of their asceticism and the rhythms of their monastic life. 

It took a level of asceticism just to sit through this 162-minute cinematic tour de force.  Those who did could not help but emerge with a newfound appreciation for the Carthusians' simplicity, spirituality, and self-discipline. Interestingly enough, Buddhists and New Agers were as apt to be seduced by this "slow" film as traditional Catholics--proving, once again, that Truth knows no religious, cultural, racial, national, or socio-economic barriers. 

[This was sent to Anu Garg, in response to asceticism, the Word of the Day for Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Needless to say, Garg ignored it.]


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