I officially made the jump. Here I am. Hello blog world! I’m still a little confused on how all this works, but looking forward to barfing some of my thoughts on the world. Yes. Barfing. Welcome. Please don’t leave.
Why ‘A monastery, a home’? Well, this goes back to ideas my husband and I had while we were dating. Oh dating. We both love monastic life. Liiike, I’m pretty sure when I die, Matt will try to be a priest or brother or just go live in a community somewhere (as long as there are no kiddos that need him!). I don’t blame him; monastic life is beautiful and humbling and would make anyone holy. When we talked about our future as a family, we would look up different monasteries to see what their daily life was like and discuss what stuck out to us and how we could incorporate it into our own lives.
If you haven’t looked at one of these ‘day in the life’ things I’m talking about, here’s an example:
3:50am Matins, Interval, Lauds, Breakfast, Lectio Divina
7:45am Terce, Mass, Chapter, Work
12:00pm Sext, Dinner, Work
2:15pm None, Recreation
5:00pm Vespers, Supper, Free recreation
This is what the Cistercian Nuns in Wisconsin do. Every. Day.
Prayer, limiting your options, prayer, not thinking about yourself, prayer, work, prayer, living in community. See the rhythm? It must be humbling to have your life mapped out so simply.
Now, Matt and I don’t necessarily think we can incorporate ALL the aspects of a monastery in our home. Life ‘in the world’ requires fluidity because life reasons. Jobs change, kids start popping up (or out?), people get sick, and a slew of other things… (I mean, I’m only 25…)
Ultimately, we don’t think ‘religious life’ is only tied to those who make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Marriage is a religious life. It’s a Holy Sacrament which requires as much care as a community of sisters who wakes at 3:30am to pray and be with our Lord. Matt and I want a monastic lifestyle ingrained in our marriage and family life. We want to develop a simple rhythm which continually brings us back to prayer, even if it’s just crossing ourselves as we pass a Church or listening to chant as we get ready in the morning.
I’m hoping this blog will help illustrate how a young Catholic couple tries to make this happen. Sure I’ll be sharing ramblings of daily life in-between, of the funny (:|) things my husband says. But, this ‘rhythm’ we want has been particularly difficult for us to flow into (I’ll talk more about that later), and I figured we’re probably not the only ones.
Thanks for making it this far! Hope you stay tuned for more.