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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!
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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,