Monastic Monday

Br. Monday really needed to hear this talk…

Br. Monday may have skipped today’s retreat conference, but doesn’t mean that we have to.

There is a sense in which (also and always) we see ourselves from the outside and so make a certain impression on ourselves. for this reason it is very important always to conduct oneself with dignity and grace, even (and perhaps especially) when alone. It is when we are alone that we probably make the strongest impression on ourselves. If I pull out dignity and grace only when I am with others, well how authentic or full can it be? I am always making an impression on myself, and so I ought to be careful. I am always making an impression on myself, and this is the same impression I should make on others.

Source: A Monk’s Alphabet by Jeremy Driscoll

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