Question:During the past year, the Brothers have been displaced from their home and Chapel while renovations are done. How well has the Rule stood up outside the structure—literally and figuratively—that the Monastery provides, both in terms of physical space and spiritual disciplines?
Br Mark Brown: I think it has fared well, though we have become very aware of how much the Monastery, where we live, work, and worship, supports our life and ministry. It’s all under one roof. I don’t know anyone who lives and works and worships under the same roof, apart from other religious. We’ve certainly come to appreciate the grace of the space, so to speak, and we’re more aware than ever of some of the challenges that Christians who are intentional in their practice face on a daily basis.