The Quiet Period Conferences

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

By popular demand, for the next couple weeks, we'll be sharing posts from our Quiet Period Conferences. Originally a series of interactive talks given by Megan, Fr. Albert, & Fr. Edmund on Zoom, we'll distill the lessons from these conferences into ten recommendations for thriving in a time of relati

ve isolation. Borrowing especially from the Christian monastic tradition, these timeless insights into good living can benefit all of us. Links will be included below as the conferences are posted.

  1. Sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything. Far from being a place of isolation, the Desert Fathers saw a monk’s room (cell) as a place of self-discovery and encounter with God.

  2. Repetitive Prayers. Repetitive prayers like the rosary serve as ways to calm the storm of thoughts in your mind, and also serve as genuine encounters with Christ.

  3. The Liturgy of the Hours. Structuring your day helps you to be less anxious and more productive. Structuring your day with prayer helps you to live a well-ordered life centered on God, and to connect your ordinary life with your relationship with God.

  4. Character. Time by yourself in your room can reveal something about the character you’ve developed over time. It is a chance for an honest self-examination.

  5. The Noonday Devil. Sooner or later, we can get overtaken by a sense of restlessness that makes it hard to focus on the work at hand. It’s not unlike what the monks called acedia, or the “noonday devil”--a spiritual problem with a spiritual cure.

  6. Age Quod Agis. “Do what you’re doing” is sage advice from St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. It might sound simple, almost redundant, but to do our best work takes everything we have.

  7. Study. Study is not dry or abstract. It’s about the passionate pursuit of something. And what are the subjects we study? Are we studying the most important things, and are we avoiding vices opposed to study?

  8. Community & Connection. Experts call the pandemic a “collective trauma.” An important way of mitigating the negative effects surrounding this trauma is by intentionally forming and deepening relationships with those around you.

  9. Lectio Divina. The prayerful, meditative reading of scripture--what’s called lectio divina--is like enjoying a good meal that both nourishes the body and delights all the senses.

  10. Taking it Outside. Covid, quarantine, and isolation have been challenging, but have also brought new opportunities for growth, reflection, and connection. How can we take these lessons back to “normal” life?

After the Quiet Period Conferences are all posted, stay tuned for more fresh content on the blog from students & staff!

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