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How does cloistering serve God at the highest level?

June 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Cloister, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, my question is “How does cloistering serve God at the highest level?” Let me explain the origin of my question. In college, I was introduced for the first time to Hasidic Jews. My initial impression was that I found it odd that they isolated themselves so much from others in their pursuit of faith-purity. Couldn’t it be considered odd to say one is devoted to God, creator... Read More

Loneliness & isolation, above all in spiritual life: how to deal?

July 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke


St. Teresa, I am committed to developing my prayer life and life of virtue but I am feeling isolated, lonely, and I am struggling. What should I do? A great evil it is for a soul to be alone in the midst of so many dangers. It seems to me that if I should have had someone to talk with (through my spiritual struggles) it would have helped me… For this reason, I would counsel those who practice... Read More

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