Check out these practices to help you get in touch with contentment in your life:
Can you give thanks for what is throughout your day?
How do you fill the time when you’re waiting?
What are you living for?
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- Br. Curtis Almquist explores the monastic principle of contentment, with practical advice for how to integrate contentment into our lives.
- New and Abiding Friends of SSJE—Gates & Pat Agnew, Julie H. Quaid, Mark Delcuze, Laura Chessin, Dr. Norman “Sam” Steward, Jr., Char Sullivan, Jane Buttery, and Scott Christian —share their experiences of the Monastery and Emery House.
- A simple web search led to a dramatic change of life: Br. Jim Woodrum shares his story of vocation.
- The Director of the Fellowship, Br. Jonathan Maury, shares his vision for how and why members might keep the FSJ Rule.
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An ancient monastic principle about inner freedom: freedom to be fully alive is found in the context of limitation. This is quite counter-cultural. In western society we are identified as “consumers” in a market economy that is constantly alluring us with dissatisfaction, where what is next or what is new is promised to be better than what is now. We hear the pitch, “You can have it all … and you should,” as if more is more and never enough. Monastic wisdom counters this delusion with the elixir of “contentment,” a word which comes to us from the Latin contentus: to be satisfied or contained. Less is more. The grace of contentment presumes that what is, is enough.