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Advent Silence

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 19, 2016

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Imagine the lights dimmed in a monastery church. One light is kept on for those who need to find their way out. The rest of the room is dark.The spoken prayers are over, and those who stay in the room sit. No one takes out a phone. No one talks. No one moves from seat to seat. For a half an hour those who are there sit in silence. . . .

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Teaching By Example

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 21, 2016

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I had a professor in college whose class I loved. I looked forward to it; I never missed it; I was on the edge of my chair in our discussions. I just knew I loved the material and the professor’s teaching style, but I didn’t really know much about his life, though, other than he mentioned he was married and had kids. Late in the afternoon I . . .

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Don't Neglect the Love of God

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 10, 2016

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I’m a big duty and responsibility guy. It’s probably my Midwestern upbringing, but it’s important to me to show up on time, do what I said I was going to do, and play by the rules. These are all good things; when we live out our commitments our families and communities are stronger. I know, too, that living only by duty and commitment can . . .

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Taste the Love in It

Reflections on the The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 27, 2016

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My cooking used to be a performance given in an empty room. I lived alone for about 20 years, and through all that time I enjoyed cooking, but unless I welcomed a guest the cooking was only for me. My household is larger now after getting married, and I share any food I cook, so I have an audience. I’m in the kitchen more because we need to . . .

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An Unending Conversation

Reflections on The Practice of the Presence of God

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 20, 2016

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All the stereotypes of introversion describe my life: I recharge with alone time; I prefer a small gathering of close friends to a big party; I don’t make friends easily but when I make a friend I really make a friend. One thing that’s misunderstood about introverts is the idea that we don’t like to talk. We do like to talk, but we hate . . .

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Ummm . . . yeah

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

October 11, 2016

So, ummm, yeah, it’s been awhile. I finished my reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict in February, and a few months have passed since then. I do have some excuses, though. In the months since then I accepted a new job, said goodbye to my home of ten years, moved, and got married. At the beginning of June I started work with Hazelwood . . .

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The End

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

February 04, 2016

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It took 58 posts and 15 months, but I finished my project of blogging through the Rule of St. Benedict. Here at the finish line I’m thinking not just about each chapter but about the whole thing. This all started with planning for my sabbatical which happened during the summer of 2014. As I was choosing a focus for my sabbatical time, I . . .

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