We return to a more accessible, attainable teaching rather than the thick monk life material. Anatomy of the Giver speaks of living a self-giving, sacrificial lifestyle. Action always accompanies contemplation. But one cannot only do action. Mark 1:38 – “Let us go…”
Everybody is doing prequels these days, and so are we! To find our way forward, to find how we answer the problems of our idolatry and desert wandering, we must go backward in the story of the Israelites in the wilderness to one of the most famous Bible stories of all time. It is at the Red Sea that God showed the Israelites and all of us what He intends to do for His children … and why!
This follows up on the Rule of Life teaching. Now we populate the Rule with eremitic disciplines, namely solitude, silence, and reposed prayer (waiting prayer). Fasting is included in here as well as it is the underlying value of all these type of disciplines. Mark 1:35 “Early in the morning…”
Among the most prominent teachings of the desert fathers was one of living by a Rule of Life. Generations retreats end with a teaching on crafting a Rule of Life. This will be practical along with giving the rationale behind a rule of life. Everyone should live by a rule throughout all seasons of life. The 4th century desert fathers found something that should be pervasive throughout all of Christendom: a “regula” or rule of conduct and habit toward intimacy with God.
Text: Mark 2
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”