The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Monday, September 3, 2012

What is a monk?

“What is a monk?" I am often asked. Sometimes what is meant, or even asked explicitly, is: “What does a monk do?”

It’s not an easy question to answer because being a monk is not a job, but a state of life. Monks are among the busiest, most talented people I know, but their jobs are not what make them monks — any more than one person’s occupation makes him or her a husband or wife....
 ... Read more at Toledo Faith & Values, a hub website in Toledo, Ohio, for Religion News LLC's three-year community religion news project, funded through the Lilly Endowment. The recently launched site provides non-sectarian coverage of faith and values news in the Toledo region. As a former resident of the Toledo area, and at the invitation of former newspaper colleague David Yonke, the site's editor, I will be making occasional contributions--writing about Christian prayer, spirituality, and monastic life.

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