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Journey Inward To The Center Of Your Heart

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 19, 2017

Saint Romuald (c. 951-1027) was a man on a mission. As a young man, having been compelled to witness Sergius his father duel with a relative in an argument over property in which he killed his adversary, he entered a Benedictine monastery at Classe, Italy to do 40 days penance for him – to atone for the murder his father committed – which resulted in his own vocation to religion as a Benedictine monk. His father, who also later became a monk, contemplated leaving his monastic order, but was dissuaded by Romauld. Throughout his monastic life, Romauld continuously sought simplicity, which motivated him for 30 years to establish monasteries and hermitages as places of silence and contemplation — which became known as Camaldoli monastic communities. Following a false accusation by one of his peers, he was wrongfully excommunicated. During that spiritually dry time in his life which followed, he prayed Psalm 31 – “In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me; incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me.” – and thereafter received an extraordinary light and spirit which motivated him the remainder of his life. To the monks which followed his order, he wrote: “Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish.” Devote some time to your journey within, not as something selfish, but as an inner pilgrimage toward God. God is yours, and you are God’s.

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