[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
Contrary to some popular misconceptions, the monastery was not a compound to which the pure withdrew, safe and secure from the vicissitudes of sin and temptations that batter life in the world. Neither was it a means by which those who sought holiness could squelch desire. Rather, the monastery was a school of charity, where desire was redeemed and love redirected. The monastery was the site of a divine pedagogy whereby desire underwent not annihilation but rehabilitation. The monastic life was not about the suppression of desire but the healing or transforming of desire that had been bent, distorted, deformed.
Posted by Jeff on 02.28.2012
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