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Staying enclosed : guidance from professionals

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I found this great video this morning, from some cloistered nuns in France. It's actually really great advice for anyone finding themselves suddenly "cloistered" by the coronavirus. Enjoy!

The Law and the Rule

A couple of weeks ago, I quoted from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, in which he said, "the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law."  I want to dive a little deeper into that second clause: "the strength of sin is the law," by talking about what is for me the essential difference between  morality  and  asceticism;  that is, the "moral law" vs. the "monastic rule." Basically, I experience " moral law " as a  standard of judgment , a yes-or-no question, right or wrong, guilty or innocent. The " monastic rule ", or asceticism, on the other hand, is for me a  way to grow toward holiness ; it is not a yes-or-no question, but a process, a continuum, a striving for excellence. I'm not enough of a Scripture scholar to have much confidence in interpreting Paul's thinking on the Law, but I will suggest a way of looking at it that resonates with me. The trouble with Law , as I experience it,