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November 3, 2009 / Hannah

the Benedictines

Kathleen Norris, in her book The Cloister Walk, describes that moment when the poet has to relent to the world of senses and the soul because words don’t go far enough. They can only do so much. They’re aids, pushing the buttons that lead the mind to experience. experience… and in that way they have power. Place two words together, more, create different combinations, and lead the mind to new experiences or old.

The Benedictine monasteries live on to experience God, through the word and through living in koinonia community. This experience that springs up and out from spoken, written words becoming an experience in the soul, as close to you as you can get. Experience springing forth then from within and into living with others. The poetry of the soul gains permanence when it is acted out.

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