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if the matters out of the way before we begin first of i shouldn't like to welcome welcome you on behalf of by robert for community for this workshop lamp the truth i i've been calling it a workshop i've given it twice already
and the tiffany monastery memory hampshire and other students transfiguration monastery in new york
i call it that because there's so many dates and historical facts and information input as involved with just getting to what our spirituality really is that become as much a workshop isn't as it isn't retreat with the exception with the for part on sunday which is based
and meditation certainly more of a retreat nature than workshop
on there are handled in case you missed it on their handouts at the front there will always be hand up but handle handled fairly for every session that are we are not gonna
can you the general outline of where would topic we're going this weekend
also i wanted to mention to you
i wanted to mention three book that we have you may have known some of you may have already read on thomas matters
translations of the two main primary sources of the commandments tradition we saw this new bookstore we're finally getting some fruit into english and rather exciting for us all until now and you could be if you read french or italian latin and read but we will have anything in encourage ah
for a week now we've had the second volume what we hope will be a commander these series and this is a translation of a history of come out to me
i don't lean on a diluted the former prior forty of mama the monastery on the left there
and on this will give you a good basic understanding of of our history i believe also give you are helpful glossary and back monastic terms if you find yourself saying what is he talking about will revive you know some some
third fan of monastic jargon that you don't quite understand you'll probably find it in here i'll go i'm i'm going to be explained the much of much of that if i go on
an unpaid calero economic announcements this here is a real breakthrough for our passengers book by beethoven turns in a town night we don't sell it or anything but it's just so exciting to have happens if commodity and the content of the congregation from its origins until eleven eighty four kids you all the
original documents the history it's just wonderful and were very very fortunate to find to have the footprint and it down if you read italian it's it's a my marbles to me i have been studying on our history for the last year and a half to two year
here's my compiled a working on library of come on these studies out of which this comes and hopefully a number of other events and of course down the line in our history
i'm i'm going to leave this here for anyone who's interested i'll leave it here all week
all everything on here is available
i'm not granted must have stuck with an italian french from german latin but there one part partner and i found about fifty or sixty ah english items now regarding some aspect of our history and if you're really interested in him from doing some research or even doing a little brown
going on just seeing me about any given item
you can do but i'll just leave it here on the desk entire weekend
i learned from experience at epiphany and transfiguration that in this setting i bet i had better keep questions and discussion until the end because this session for instance went to and a half hours at epiphany and welcome that can i don't worry
the you'll notice that i mentioned on the historical session on saturday afternoon we'll go to to three hours probably closer to two hours because will hold off your questions and discussions until that evening i didn't care and when almost four hours at epiphany it's
very exciting session it's it's an amazing history and it was great fun we had a lot of good last two that we want to keep by he'd some order here and and we have another scheduled intelligible schedule the deal with and everything so i would ask that we that if you have questions and that we that you write them down
and just see me after any given session or outside of a presentation or have been for saturday evening thirty evening seventeen yeah and i'll just be here and we'll see what happens if anybody wants to discuss anything i have any questions will just work that way i am who i put it on saturday evening because i would think
think most of the questions and discussions would ride arise out of the historical
so that's why i sit i thought it would be good guy following a right term rather closely
also notice that i put the spellings on the boy i'll do that for each session on whenever i think there's something that you might not be familiar with or a name that you want to know with spelling it should be up there that way we don't have to up that were you don't have to for hats had expelled
come to them
okay let's begin with prayer

almighty ever loving god
give us all the grace to sense the mystery which storm and live and mean spirited our holy father ramadan
but he inflamed countless followers to live lives of union with your heart
help us army's to build on love
express towards most eloquent jesus christ your son our lord reigns lives with you and the holy spirit one god for ever and ever
fact that line
you will notice that the first two sessions that is the session is evening and the session tomorrow morning
are looking at our basic primary sources that as we're dealing with the history or the story the life i'm blessed ramadan by peter damian and also the life lines of the five brother is written by doing your obama fist of crawford both of which are known for the first by
volume on trying to by matters and i mentioned
it seems to me that we have to we have to get a good scope on the original
world that surrounded rommel and his inspiration
we call that world the room wall in world it's it's what term
encompasses his own right time and the century following upon his lifetime this is not command on these world this is ron waldman we have to get a grasp of that before we can really look at how come on dummies spirituality grew out of come on the and its history as a com
irrigation as well as plenty of obama and the album and need to convocation how they came together and then in the third session look at what history did to us and what we did to history
and try to understand all the various levels of that on complex
and then after all of that as gibbons to try to bring together what we are talking about when we talk about command on spirituality today knowing what we've gone through knowing the primitive inspiration and live as well as as our course
that it can to separate everything together
so it seems to me about an important question for a discussion of ramadi and spirituality is going to be who is mode
and i wanted to name the people i'm relying on a most clearly and in case any of you wish to
do any research the prime
skyler of romulus is giovanni took tobacco this is not among the professor giovani tobacco
i have a number of items on the bibliography our members whistle stuff and really really keen on historical as well as philosophical and theological observations
also john geometry
zola clerk was sort of went has gone
parallel with with tobacco throughout the years studying peter damian and romulus and our sources
we also have a young monk who is still not in solemn vows are you living at the hermitage sacred hermitage that is by the wind sacred hermitage on the right
at commandery roberto roberto phone and charney he just finished another one that is advanced degrees and his thesis for this one concerns our own st bernard boehner france and it's really a marvelous a marvelous little thesis and i hope someday trance
lay servant leaders as well the other three i mention they're they're not primary sources for me but i have used some of their observations
so we need to look at peter damien's life of romney
when reading peter damian we have to remember that scholars feel that there's more a peter damian polemics and his slams and ideology than raw minerals in the life of romney on that is peter damian wants to answer the question regarding his own
reforming activities what is real hermit life what is real and medicine
and so he uses romney romulus as his vehicle which does not say that romney would disagree with dame in at all
it's peter damian were reading their peter damian shows that true era medicine is a combination of st benedict
and st anthony of the desert that is the hermit is not selfish but really lives a lot of neighbor and is able to live to the fellows the asceticism and the relationship with christ within the hermitage sell itself
putting those to get candidate and anthony
and so the true aeromedical life is the group dynamic hermitage from peter damien's point of view that is hermit living together
that's his point
to grow to quote tobacco ronald represents the creative and visibly dynamic moment of an experience an experience which peter damian wants to problem
this quote by the way is out of context but i'm not doing damage to
as a bruno bonus us also points out in his life of the five brothers romulus is the father of reasonable hermits what does he mean by her father that reasonable as well the hermits who are living under a rural and that the instantly with bet
as we shall see later bruno brunt of us also comes to his life of the five brothers with his own polemical slapped and
much earlier than peter damian ever did he of the romulan but let's see that later so what do we know about wrong
much of what we do now has been pieced together and hashed out over the centuries as well as what has been gleaned from our own primary sources the life of raw like the five brothers and bless rudolph's constitutions ten eighty five particularly the shorter version
we know that romulus was a or the lombard noble family and his father was a duke to search you
we know that he was born in the mid tenth century in ravenna
and they traditionally give the date nine fifty two as his perfect
we know that he later became a benedictine monk a monk of st pauli naughty and class say after them or around nine seventy two nine seventy three so when he was about twenty years
we know that classy was a house of clooney at this time that is the cornea movement which had spread vastly throughout europe at the of that age
had also taken over class say so classy was a cognac house but not a very successful one because of amongst you want to be clear the
but they had been under clooney during miles above my own advocacy for only one year by the time wrong looked after one or two years at the most and then there wasn't anything come the yak about them at this point
on the class say monks were very stubborn as romney on much to his own chagrin let's just find out in short order and they didn't want to be reformed
we know that he lived there a few years and then we know that he left with permission and probably with a sigh of relief from his effort if you if your friend or relatives is his life you know what i mean
the product was a great sigh of relief from the abbot and brethren of classy and this is often the case on hit geography often the case with with the lives of founders the lives of those early or medieval monastic founders who try it up in the normal way and it doesn't work because know
but he's really living what they're supposed to be living and thus you have the founder at a loss for words and action
so we know that he lived for a while then under a an old codger who was living in the woods named marie know who was evidently for a holy man or rather a learned very brusque and rustic our fellow that a
very good heart and who in the long run this very very good for ramadan
and the relationship they live together as herman's was sorted of an eastern on model that is the other disciple
our relationship like you would have in their teaching deserts of the fourth century
what the beginnings of what meanest monasticism to out
we know rather was strongly influenced by the east
by the eastern church by greek gnosticism through his contacts in ravenna and venice and both cities our were under the influence of byzantium answer this time
we know that through his later contact with the monks of st nine though in south to south of rome greg monks
that he had influence or that he was influenced we know that it with his labour relationship which was very formative for him his relationship with the emperor otto history young man who died walking maybe the age of twenty three twenty two twenty three have powerful
the effect on valuable and his court was basically eastern model of court court live
and we will also the during his years in eastern asia
he was a to great extent again within an industry or an eastern influence so we know that from all these angles landlord is going to have a strong influence of the east of the eastern church on him
you can see this if you go around and see some of the ruins of i'm thinking of someone or would have been no or by night i especially and a couple others nearby which are just what's left is maybe a church that functions or for weddings once in awhile because it's
quaint but the architecture strongly on of eastern almost startling so they saw it at points and you realize that this was romulus foundation but these were these were are really forebears this was their church minister strong eastern influence we know
oh that he later went to cook sorry to say san miguel to cook so
over in southern france
we know he went there with the doge of venice who slipped away with him peter or sale of the first who became a room wall and from follow him and a few others we got bad in that i didn't he go went with him and moraine matter you know and some feel that
giovanni modesty who tradition holds after cooks are actually from founded a black man addict in house in venice san giorgio majority
we know that thing he lived
he lived there for a number of years with his little band and they lived near the monastery as a group of herman's up in the mountainside
we know that he later that did the marshes near a class a back in his old abbey
and of him it started making foundations and the nine eighty is and the early nine nineties
twenty nine ninety eight we find him back and classy as the abbot at the behest of the emperor it doesn't last very long it lasts one year
an ends rather dramatically
we then know that this was followed by an amazing period
for the ramadi and world in its relationship with the court of the emperor
and the whole mission to decrease permission to poland comes into play are the foundations of the history and period come into that into that point why istria that the questions that scholars of why did he go to use this is the dalmatia over on the yugoslavian what is now you this
one what is now what croatia glasgow help me move world as well i always was creation
our why why they go there well there is one scholar a german who did early early research on wrong on
i'd grown up on a class named voigt his hypothesis is that either romulus family owned lands in history
born his mother at least with history
thomas martyrs also assumes that in one way or another istria was an ancestral land for ramadan and there are other scholars from a grid of most scholars don't even touch it because there's no proof one way or another
we know that mystery was important he spent a number of years there at least three years as a reckless and he also founded foundations they're building the monastery especially of st michael on them more so it wasn't important period for him it was also a healing period for him
you then is brought to the for in our documents as a true wisdom figure at this point from this point on he is a wisdom figure for everyone
we are told that he has the gift of tears
wrapped ecstatic comprehension of who god is and what the mystery of life is all about
i'm not doing it as a mirror sentimentality but the truth theological gift of tears the homeless to call our element of the gift of tears if we accept a tradition that's what they're talking about who is a tender side to runyon but it isn't his strongest side and it certainly isn't sentiment
ah but the humanity the tenderness comes to run in other ways this gift we're talking about here it comes through the mystical tradition that was the gift of tears we find the origin in the virus particles and john cation
that gift tears as well as a gift of tears we find in perhaps the greatest theologian of the eastern church who was almost an exact contemporary of romulus himself and then a simian with the belgian the dates for simeon or nine forty nine to ten twenty two
for romuald nine fifty true to ten thompson
almost exact
and if you're if your study simeon a new theologian and you look at romulus gift of tears and then the tradition of the gift tears and mysticism and line that with his gifts of prophecy the comprehension of the sacred scriptures which he to dates for others around you you'll see what they're pointing
you're pointing at ronald to sapient she'll figure rondo the list
this is followed by another period of foundation raw mangoes are occasionally and is on trance out they made it out in the country and then facts monasteries and hermetic jews and a little songs
no group c he reorganized as groups of praise groups of neurons and of these become part of what islam is that what was waze and movement
we know that he spent seven years at at his foundation and cynthia
right around your ten fifteen one if you want to data we know that he stayed at four times at bali costume that we know on and for times had seats to you during his last year's four times in each of those places he died at all the customer
if you have you want to the eight chapters or nine chapters where you can look all this up see me later
we know that he made more foundations particular the some new order of yet
that were get very important in his life
then we know that he made a foundation is last foundation of come out
which you can date in the early twenties ten twenty three ten twenty two two twenty three ten twenty four
i mentioned and rudolph's constitutions of ten be far than as romulus foundation of come out today
as well as and bishop tail down though about adsense document of ten twenty seven which deeds the church over to the monks who run was left behind
on that mountain top
have come out
this document by the way is in direct contrast and the the logic that flows from facts nowadays is in direct contrast to what the tradition has it been holding
but that was basically due to deposition that one of our priors made by raniero of a red so we've been lied under oath to the papal legates in order to protect cannot was just a little while
back to protect come out the from the incursions of the the bishop of a red zone future bishops of it so taking away what the freedom the me and the authenticity the exemption in other words it was an exemption event
and so that's the whole business about count bartolo and giving the property to rami old and new year what ten twelve or something like that ten ten f
it didn't happen
ah thank thank goodness for romney raniero answer because come out on his history i'm afraid would not even nerve on
important had run here are not lied
we know that rami of them died at hospital in the year ten twenty seven so that means that is the bare outline we have of what we know about how long it
what do we see about his personality
we found studies the primary sources once see that he certainly sense
it's a very humble man
from early years from his early monastic experience we we just remember that what is his experience with money and know the plastic experience of marino coughing him across the the ear and causing a reference and one and one of his ears
and romulus reactions to very humble reaction that's the classic one people point to a disaster of them much one the one that's much later was life and seek to the on when is an old man the only found here and he's put into prison as city i've seen the prison i've seen that this sally was in
for months and months and months because he was an unjustly accused of homosexual acts with felony and locking the door medical
i needed wouldn't come to his own defense and for some reason the monks all decided to believe
romero and
raw mill went to prison
imprisoned by his own filament all it takes some humility to go through something like especially for a number of months he probably enjoyed the solitude actually turn it off and that's just to have the side of romney it's very strong
we know that he's very very radical very prophetically radical radically profound on in his in his
ministry to others and the foundations he married in the ways he acted he was very eccentric
a charming stories of some of his cures and some of his little miracles he worked and i'm just how he woke people up
the presence in their lines
reserved a very charismatic and usual and very free person
he was always and he maintained distance have always been open to the holy spirit and realizing and stating that divine providence was running the show
we know also that he was word center like our tradition like the monastic tradition
especially the songs were so important to him again with peter damian also fueling your demonstrations
ah we know at that the right fit for his life and classy was words sentiment that is cross a friend to polynomial where he started as a young monk we know that his life of marina was good center we know that he got cuffed across the area because he was reading the word to money
not in the correct way
we know that his own personal proxies was strongly aligned with the boot of gum
what what what teachings we have given in the primary sources teaching spiritual teachers to the brethren are often regarding simple things like read this homes play the songs be with be quiet
his his his his centering presence and the centering ministry are within the room wall into made it but it was made it last
we know that he wasn't in men of solitude and much all is a much more about this
he was a madison to the crew cared very much about quote saving others souls unquote but rom you mean something else by that and but what is normally thought of romulus felt that his way of saving souls was to on one hand reform the
church wherever needed it that's fine but on the other hand more specifically bring people into aeromedical life
an aeromedical life that was structured under a superior and the little better in other words he is again the father of reasonable payments but for him this will save exalts he is concerned with an arab medical salvation of souls
some usual
we know that he was a fever
we know that he was a mystic i've already mentioned the gift of tears we know that he was ecstatic at times
we know that he was prophetic that he had incredible understanding of the scriptures are based on him at points in his life
we can see him as well as an authentic wisdom figure of you if you read the genre clerk he was as the title the mysterious master and of course transplants fix up on that in his book well this mysterious master is a wisdom
that title of flows from that
the mystery of ramadan is a mystery to the out of wisdom
so what are some of the characteristics them seeing ronald for who he was and what he did what are some of the characteristics which can see about the type of spirituality or the type of monastic and volumes that were created or
that arose from or three in his world through his mediation
first of all i feel that the small scale of everything that he did is very very important and is intricately part of the run more picture that is whatever he fondle with small his hermitage is were small
his monasteries were small
looking at the sources both primary and secondary regarding what gibbons the rewarding reform which was very famous by the way in it's only day we can discern those gibbons the list might need something like this the ruler back
by the way to ruin the the union of the union of the aeromedical and the senate vertical at times under a hermit superior that was also part of it but it will have been at it
the aeromedical on accent
solitude silence fasting prayer boston that's basically it a while the world
this is what we're talking about those are the gibbons monastic we put
this is a quote from our own denison that is the buyer want to children and witnesses me
i can't remember it right now he's the privately of a monkey jewelry looks a lot like donning the podium
oh it doesn't m months rate of echo months waiting list is his book from his book it's a bibliography from and based on greater solitude silence and fasting the ramadi and
system of life imitating the ancient egyptian encourage isn't in the penitential aesthetical sphere for the rest it faithfully refer to the observance of the benedictine rule it was an organized eric medicine and this is the the the
genius of the reblogging world and said he was organizing and there are plenty of hermits in italy at this time plenty of them that he was organizing them analysis saving souls minister was to bring these
eccentrics etc into an organized into a group experience of living together under a rule
another quote from months months it
monte cassino recognized rhamnoides institute as authentic and legitimate
in fact in the year nine ninety seven at john the second on monte cassino retired to a nearby hermitage with five of his monks were john gotti mingo romulus disciple have been since nine eighty eight so he had been there nine years this is after cook so
the remaining an aeromedical movement did not come to be considered antagonistic and all to benedictine monasticism but even a magnificent fruit or her
when we refer to be more the and world or the rewards the and movement or be formed we're talking about those houses which one founded or his followers founded
or on houses which joined the movement joined our ranks after that the only big houses we have our ones that came already that way
so some large houses joined the room lobby movement later on all the foundations that were small all was long and for peter damian he did an immense amount of if you read the the life peter and i translated as in our library
he did an immense amount of quick found took took took took took no matter of weeks for foundation he'd just dump off two or three months at each place and they had to make a go of it name is
and all kinds of foundations were made this way we can there's plenty of atlanta or
but very small foundation just like the just like robbins foundation
so what we're talking about are these types of foundations whether they were founded or joined later the rumble the world of ramadan
during his lifetime or the early years maybe up to a century let's say after his death
before for the commodities congregation or rose and before the avalon into congregation and over to monsters are talking about this weekend this for forty alabama and of a neat the congregation and commodity and come out of these convocation especially when we're talking about the room wall gym on spirituality
nice are the two mothers
rollover come together into union your fifteen seventy they come together to into the commodities
i can get you a list of ronald's foundations all of which were relatively small on name just a cop just a few of them are that are important especially if you've read the history of recognize the names
longer data that's that hermitage just up the mountainside from cusa cook sir
st are calling not a classic
some to avalon question mark
some say it's quite likely that romulus actually found a photo of line
but he certainly was he certainly was nearer to to forty avalon earlier
via the costume three died
he organized a continent not as there and the hermitage actually the nuns were there before of
they weren't to organize
saturday holy mary of see to me that's where he was in prison
not page you
for it'll not here st vincent our food i've been there
it's wonderful wonderful ancient church and used only for wedding style
this was a this was a monastery from the sixth century that romeo reform started again
so there was some of that also
some of these foundations were already extant monasteries which were on their last gasp of breath or had already died out and he used the building and formed a new community
there's a monastery near near order v eight or we don't know the name of but we know it was important to the room wall the movement we also know the name of one that was there there were more than one year old vietnam than and but i also sir ronald ross says itself as often
a referred to as a hermitage of the and movement early on before a command to me well if you know the story
we we don't have time to it we don't tell come anyway there are some would say about browser itself is rewarded
come out of the also
needless to say and there are others but we don't know the specifics about them an interesting well in this
is that all the monks from these houses except come out me and accept frankie avalon which started as its own center and formed a congregation so wore black habits
the remind him world for the most part wore a black habits or
great unbleached him this is only in the early your in time
commander the war white
traditionally held because the vision that ronald have about the white screwing up the staircase to heaven
we don't know if that's the real reason as the women's often mentioned but when the when i'm going to cost them the scholars are mentioning that they always have their time in cheek so i don't know quite how to take that what is the real reason they don't give it but anyway we know that commodity we were white house
not serve the other foundations
with fantail a lot of can find the same thing i can give you a whole list which are not going to give you if you want to see them were a photocopy them for you
i was a little foundations
i'm very just running parallel with with romulus foundations and some of them peter damian later on you peter damian comes after one
ah he takes over some reward the information that didn't make it or that were already faltering and he brought them back to life and reminded them of their rebellion influence and inspiration including cpu will sit yeah that makes sense
it's just it's right near forty everyone's just down the road just down the canyon
i have stories are fifty two if you like to run catch me at a meal or something like that asked me that see anger and the horses
ah the houses then of fante obama and peter damian wherein the spirit of the rewarding reform and were characterized by the same lists of gibbons so there's that little list of gibbons i gave you for
romulus foundations fit for peter david's also
remember peter damian wrote the life of run
was his first monastic writing
and he rarely before he took on the work of funding and reforming
romney will this is inspiration romulus going to be his model about how to go about family now so what to get was it flows naturally that is going to do the same basic thing run a dip in his founding era
it seems to me that the fact that all these houses were all rather small
says so
especially since so many foundations were being made were talking last
manuals i've listed
rather than concentrating on building up certain houses into large monsters are large term teaches that wasn't the way they went about it and it seems to me that because it wasn't done that way there was a reason for and that it's somehow germane to what the rewarding
in spirit was
some larger historical houses made of join the rewarding movement proposa is the famous one
the abbey a composer i was rather large i joined the rwandan reform
but none of the original spirit were huge there was no run about being small a such that we can determine just the way they did it and you had to be a reason for that perhaps you'll come up with the answer
when has something to do with the lived experience of your body and spirituality
a second characteristic about that early ramadi and world which is going to be that underpin what we becomes commodities salt
my hero giovanni tobacco rights this is romulus central motor
wanting to guarantee the aeromedical life's autonomy to its own discipline which is consistent with its purpose he wanted to give the aeromedical life in his day some authenticity some installs it was a mess and was very and
ipage realistic it had no order they weren't under anyone they weren't connect for the most part two other monasteries it was a mess and that's what ramos central motive was to end this mess and to save the souls of those solitaires
one of our monks celestino pedal cheap writing with the a little different slant
writes about romulus coming into his own after the experience of living under buddy and that being the master this small group of hermits or near cookstown
quote placing the hermitage on the same juridical plane as the benedict and sunovia now do what she has a real slap tear and it comes across very clearly and it's very pro era era ministers and and and down a lot is being unsaid between the lines of you can
early well understand
but anyway the point is mean placing the hermitage and the same genetical plane as the benedictine synovium with the superior with a rural approved by ecclesiastical authority with its own novices don't professed gathered up to give it some order
because the only way the hermits or going to live authentically and be left alone and heal some of them needed healing and coming into a whole was to get some boring and some time tested order that they would have benefited from bring to the picture
rango is doing something new on the monastic seen he's developing something for solid cherries whereby hermits can live alone together
but under a room and under a superior and for romeo his superiors going to be a hermit and that's something new
that's something because until now when you have instances of
zettabytes and hermits living together coming together and they have some historical examples there's always the abbot of the synovium who's in charge of everyone
and there's a certain logic to that is the hundreds or out
in a network attack of attachment to the monastery but the monastery south central while makes sense that the senate vidic app and going to produce superior romulan works different in the beginning we're talking now about the reward and time when i'm talking about the centuries of
commodities life not yet
tobacco ads cool again it is among crooks are or ghana and venice that the formation of the rebellion and medical experience occurs it's their that occurs it comes together through those early experiences
a small group of solitary is bonded pro pp named joe or noise for the privilege of laugh bond together for the privilege of love now he's taking this phrase from our primary sources
to me because simple statement of tobacco indicates the core of what can be said about what was the in spirituality a small group
a solitary is
bonded for the privilege of love bonded for love
why solid
ramadi and spirituality is drawn toward solitude for true main reasons first of all the desire to be with got the decided to simple as that the desire to speak with god and to listen to go to hold spiritual converse with god
to center on the word of god as they centered on the word of god in the early and terrific experience of the classic experience at the desert of egypt
in other words to be word centered so to be connected with the word intimately first reason for solved the word
secondly and this is interesting because it also takes you back to that part of ronald's influence i said the really benedict to one side and the life of antony on the other
to fight the demons that is to challenge evil openly
this is none other than the white martyrdom of the of the or to hold the going to find that a or wherever you're going to funded even one good chance of finding it within yourself in solitude
to do battle
peter damian in his opus twenty one writes about this quote
solitude in the hermitage is peopled by demons
seeking god and a heightened tension of love is a great adventure for the privilege of love
a very difficult test is given to hermit the immediate battle with diabolical powers or can very root of evil
it is true that peter damian could be more concerned with demons that bombing of ever was particularly with peter david's concerned there in the life of romulus was to use the traditional hey geographical imagery and experiences rather than biographical history
article one he is not
he's not writing that to by biographical history as we know that nowadays but nevertheless the encounter with evil is surely germane to the solitaire request for all of us
from the beginning of monastic history
when peter damian life of romuald master rumbled battles with demons in chapter seven sixteen seventeen eighteen thirty two something bigger thirty three thirty nine
there are battles with demons all every one of those chapters
we also hear that the monks of by photocall methodical ask romeo to write them a little changes was the name of the treaters they'd put the earth day manon on fighting the devils
which is supposedly did but which is lost to history
we don't have a copy of it because the peter david doesn't say anything more about it we just assume that he actually wrote a little
a little work i'm battling demons could be like is
his little rule one pager but we don't have any record
outside the little rule of romulus fact that we find him bruno balances life of the side brothers and some mention later on of romulus commentary on the songs
and his commentary on the prophetic canticles which we don't have we have no record in writing of rough
he wasn't right anywhere even if we had copies of these still wouldn't come off as a writer in the real sense of the work we have a few works by that's not his mean his main work
the only reference and other than those is a little work about are battling devils that he did for those marks
the however importantly we can regard the demonic aspect in the morality and spirituality we can say that solitude is intrinsic to the spirituality is makeup and the evil in the battle with even when want some personal demons is germane to the spiritual quest for a
over one of us as it is to run the old in those chapters i listed on
another element apostolic
one cannot ignore the interplay between contemplation an action in the right and witness of same ronald of revenge
there was a certain restlessness in him to be undergo to be on the move to be saving souls often more than not that means finding more solitary is to bring together and to reform the church
and there's certain battles that he's concerned with which many of the a great a real audience saints are going to be concerned with a classically peter damian
it's seventy nikolai autism also as a saint who were going to soon celebrate st john robert
who began at come out and they can stay very long
he ended up the elsewhere but he fought battles against these very things that the other room audience or are finding
tobacco refers to the court restless life of robinho
which seems to witness a continuous contrast between the needs for action and contemplation is anything new when the sun this regard
another way of looking at this movement we find him with me to say that if he is not living in recursion and or helping a foundation to get its feet on the can contemplative ground he's moving somewhere else to do the very same thing either is moving in that direction
and or is doing one or the other
and he did a lot of it
he travels from one solitude to another solitude
either living or fashioning for others and organized approach to the solitary monastic witness we're going to speak tomorrow morning about an exceptional phase in his life regarding permission to the east and what happened after the market
modern appliances will do that tomorrow
but generally speaking he's moving from solitude to salt
st peter damian tells us that wrong it would periodically feel within himself a certain dissatisfaction with not bearing any fruit and that comes up a number of times that little phones
after he has been in a place to why he gets in each to to bear fruit
an aussie goes
the restlessness to be on the girl and saving souls now always keep in parentheses what he means by that
by means of its solitary approach to the monastic life he saved souls
i should also mentioned him that during the days of the reward him before
there were plenty of little churches and little chapels peopled and served by remote in hundreds one man chapel one man churches
just as during the compound compared to these days that the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries there are plenty scares me
plenty hospitals and hospices peopled by command to these men and women
i can give you a detailed list of the former
particular level were plenty of avalon is concerned all these little chapel's there was amazing i lifted from my found in one source from the avalon documents incredible list i don't know where they get all these people you know each one had its own little herman
credible was going on
history tells us that at the apex as as far as the latter it's first kamala these hospitals and hospices commodity was responsible for in people power or and at least financial backing almost five hundred hospitals and hospices and it's bay packers
in fact one of our greatest things rudolf
ah insisted that every hermitage be involved with hospice work that it was the most germane work for hundreds to be doing germane to their to their solitary quest was doing hospice work
rom you're not only felt that understood the very human need for both action and contemplation in the monastic life
again tobacco rights known as a living testimony with his intense industriousness another might say compulsive behavior that's me not tobacco
and his conception of relations between the hermitage and monastery of a singular connection between the needs for contemplation and action
but there's a certain paradox here is a paradox and room walls in worldview both in the fante of a lot of framework and the more distinctly rewarding and called counterpart
romulus kind of aeromedical life is more open to the world than any other extant forms of aeromedical live and there are many other forms of his time thus the need for iranian to fashion and give integrity to the aeromedical monasticism in the church
if it's debt there was so many forms of what was going on
ironically the paradox is that his type is moral rather than less open to the world
but at the same time rebellion monasticism is also most definite about its rejection of the world that of the world
and the waves of the world
not the people in the world
but the influences of the world open to the world but not swallowed up by the world
grounded in that world yes but not buried by it

the last
characteristic that i came up with regarding when logging and spirituality primitive and the and spirituality was that it was built on love
we have we have so many instances of loving relationships of spiritual intimacy without talking just but we're talking spiritual intimacy surrounding romulus and is really flop early followers that it's it's
it's incredible
how many here have read the life of room to of have an idea
okay cashier
i highly recommend
that you've got your read the life of ramadan in the fine especially if you're come on to this problem which you understand the life of our found that you read also the other source in here the life of the five brothers both about romuald in his world
because unless you understand these primary sources which we now have an english this isn't to i'm not trying to get you to buy these books and if you have to but we read these sources because unless you find that the genius that flame at the center of who we are you're not going to
to understand who you are within the commodities picture
anybody was a number of of relationships that are marked
in the life of all incredibly know we're talking intense relationships the relationship between romuald and money know for instance and basically relying on the clerk and tobacco for this research
the relationship between ronald and john good iv needle which was at one point very very strong
the relationship between romela than the emperor out of the third cannot be underestimated and their spirit spiritual colloquy
that they held regularly
romulus and benedict later on this is the benedict who will be martyred in parliament
benedict and john gilligan at neagle and their relationship become spiritually intimate
as john a negro tells benedick about this master ronald who's often the road right now and then it it hasn't even met him but that's how the relationship forms and intimately so
and when run arrives benedict's already they're grasping the heart of ramen
benedict and bruno both of us
especially just prior to the mission to the east but that again that relationship is not much about around you is encouraged by ron valuable is pushing these two together me and tibet
put your hearts together it was like he was constantly trying to make something to go there which did come together which flourished and flowered into the modern world
another relationship encouraged by meal was the relationship between what are the negro and discount all the band during the coosa period early on and also avid galeano the abbot of cusa and
count on alibaba
in fact that her little grouping around cusa for three four years there was incredibly intimate
on a daily basis
as was the group and pond i presume
tobacco points out that there seems to be a pronounced character character of intimacy among the road waldie and herman's based on the felt need they all had to share spiritually and keep on sharing spiritually and to share everything
we had those instances of robbie old and the emperor out of the third doing all nighters together just up all night long sharing about the spiritual life and their spiritual experiences
bruno bruno talks about he invented it during the same thing talking about martyrdom and mission to the east
also gotta be naked benedick our early on before benedick met ronald as i mentioned food spent hours and hours and hours talking about this wonderful person and run
interestingly enough we find similar bonds of intense affection bound binding peter damian to a number of people in islam and so within the frontier of banana or as well
and these relationships among the early room audience are important because this type of intense bonding was not the characteristic type of friendship one would expect among monastics at this time
example peter damian the famous one if you know peter me if you've read peter james and peter damian and cat don't the many dominic laura counter
we are told by entertaining or litres of all night praying and discussing the spiritual experiences together and i'm sure i'm sure tobacco gives upon here when he mentions is he talks about the perfection of the vin code all muttering the hermits p d and
lorica carter thin colonel not just bond chains called can be changed and more dominant okada war changed he was very he was a penitentiary i'm sure he meant that tongue in cheek i don't know how many people ever caught that i had a good laugh anyway
payday peter day and and hildebrandt famous the is of your correspondence between the two
peter damian awesome often ready hilderbrand say why haven't you written me i'd be raft and and you would expect this coming out of peter game is lamenting his loneliness and ill or bonds ignore ignoring him whatnot this the fifth future pope gregory the seventh to great reformer
i'm very close relationship
a mutual esteem based i think more than anything on their mutual reform activity of the day
peter damian and the later on after he retires from the cardinal that arise from active ministry as a cardinal archbishop ah with the abydos monte cassino abbott jersey breaks
and though i give me how about correspondence very touching correspondents
and and writing with the peter dinner with detroit does desert areas and the monks of monte cassino or just mutual esteem
and then the empress eggs again and peter damian and there we have again pleasures very touching letters but very very intimate
perhaps the most significant key to these room wall the and relationships is that they were built on love
but on the love of god
and then intensity grew out of the need to share that kind of love
they had intense relationships because they had a name to share the love of god and what that meant what was what that was becoming in their lives
so in summation i would say
that above all the spirituality of st rami old and his early followers that is rewarding and spirituality is one that is built on a small scale
that is centered on the word of god primarily
in solitude
and it's characterized by an intense love of god
which had to be sure
smell word solitude intense laws share
that's how i read the regarding spirituality and that's going to characterize
one come all the way spiritual you comes
and who we are to do as come out of this
tomorrow morning at nine o'clock
at nine o'clock we're going to continue looking at this is hard work to i realized that looking at these primary sources but it's real important to to to see the genius of our early world because otherwise you don't understand what history didn't to that or did with that in order for us to flower and the
modern world and who we are in the modern world so we're going to continue looking at our
early sources were going to look at some odd parts of it some paradoxical parts of it martyrdom and i'm traveling to the east preaching the gospel to the non believers and and all the elements that go into that and for from now
very pop paradoxically and we're going to look at some rather humorous on parts to them tomorrow afternoon we'll have some fun i will look at the history
and where we have gone from there down to our own day
i think