"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
"What did you go out in the desert to see?" - Luke 7:24
When St. Bruno went into the 'desert' of the Chartreuse he and his followers built a rustic chapel and huts for hermitages. No heat, no electricity, no television or phone, no health insurance... No grand charterhouse was envisioned or planned. No fundraising or advertising campaign was initiated - nor did any of them make the rounds of the lecture circuit, or publish books. They went in to the wilderness to pray. Some of the men were quite learned and of a mature age - even over fifty. They devoted themselves to prayer and divine study. Whenever Bruno was called out - it was at the request of the bishops or the pope, and even then he remained as hidden as possible.