Renewing Our Foundations: Cowley Magazine - Summer 2020

We invite you to explore the Summer 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Renewing Our Foundations. We Brothers want to share a few of the realizations – lessons and challenges – that have come out of this past year of reflection together. We hope that some of what we’ve gleaned from this year will prove helpful to you as you tackle continuity and change within your own communities, large and small.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles below, or download a PDF.

A Spiritual Communion

By Br. James Koester

The ancient tradition of the Church reminds us that when it is impossible to be present at a celebration of the Eucharist, and to receive Holy Communion, the desire to be united to Christ in the Sacrament is enough for God to grant all the spiritual benefits of Communion. What follows is a way for individuals, or small groups to open themselves up to the graces of Holy Communion and the blessing of God.

Lifelong Formation

By Br. Jonathan Maury

Our brotherhood – as a particular manifestation of the body of Christ – is not static but continuously adapting, renewing, and affirming the charism given our predecessors.

Looking Back to Look Forward

By Br. James Koester

We need to know our histories; to drink deeply enough that we are refreshed, but not so deeply as to become bloated and unable to move.

Taking Risks

By Br. David Vryhof

What risks do we need to take to be faithful to God’s call in our own time?

Our Being “Men of the Moment”

By Br. Curtis Almquist

Far from being the traditional imitators of bygone days, we are to be “men of the present moment and its life.” What does the present moment invite?

Monastic Renewal

By Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Will we as a society discover a new strength and collective vision for the future?

Using a Facilitator

By Br. Luke Ditewig

Listening is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves and to others.

The Quest for Intimacy

By Br. Jim Woodrum

Even though we have taken a vow of celibacy, we recognize our own need for intimacy.

A Prophetic Voice from the Margins

By Br. Nicholas Bartoli

A prophetic voice can be seen as both calling from the wilderness or the margins, and calling us to the margins.

Histories of Transmission

By Br. Keith Nelson

Each generation must interpret the tradition so that it speaks a living Word.

Community and Chaos

By Br. Lucas Hall

In this process of discussion, I am learning how to love without agreement.

Communities as Storied Places

By Br. Sean Glenn

The unique threads of our individual lives begin to weave a compelling tapestry as we find our varied strands used by God to fashion a work of art and life larger than our individual lives could show forth. 

Learning to Live in Community

By Br. Jack Crowley

I listened, I watched, I tried to help out when I could, but above all else I learned.

Meeting the “In-Laws”

By Br. Todd Blackham

It’s worthwhile to step back from time to time and revisit those things that have shaped our lives in Christ.

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Renewing Our Foundations: Cowley Magazine – Summer 2020 We invite you to explore the Summer 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Renewing Our Foundations. We Brothers want to share a few of the realizations – lessons and challenges – that have come out of this past year of reflection together.…

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