Welcome to Monastery in the Home
Monastery in the Home honors in a simple and personal way the 1500-year-old Benedictine tradition, and reflects the monastic impulse within most faith traditions. We believe that “the cloister way” is a call open to many.
Join us by beginning these simple practices in moments alone in your home. Anyone in any circumstances can begin to embrace this way in their life. The contemplative, reflective life brings you closer to God, closer to the strength found in your own inner simplicity, closer to the ways of Jesus.
For a few minutes daily you are invited to practice modern and refreshed versions of the ancient monastic virtues of poverty/simplicity, celibacy/solitude, and obedience/listening to the call of God within.
The Monastery in the Home requires that novices observe two of the Benedictine hours or “offices” daily:
- Lauds (upon awakening in the morning)
- Vespers/Compline (in the late evening, after work is done)
Use one or more of these prayers at each office. Include a personal prayer in your own words, inspirational song or chant, and reading from the Gospels or the Psalms.
After six months of practice, you may wish to add the office of either sext/none (midday/ or afternoon) or vigils (deep night office).
We recently added a new page here that describes several very useful books from our Library that will help in in your own spiritual disciplines.
Visit us again at the Monastery in the Home for forthcoming gentle instruction on these and other devotional meditations and practices so that they become a welcomed and effective part of your daily life.
+ The Chaplain