This blogger has just hit a few milestones. It was about one year ago that I made my first very timid and insecure steps into the world of blogging. I was, and remain, not terribly astute in matters technological but felt very strongly that the monastic way of contemplative spirituality and the existing possibilities of this vocation needed to be expressed in a new format. For me, it is not just a matter of the promotion of a particular religious vocation, but also an effort to meet the necessity of keeping within the sphere of general knowledge that our lives, expressed in whatever walk of life, can still be oriented to the transcendent, to the Other, to a power greater than ourselves, to the expression of all love. And, as a bit of an historian and a former educator, I believe that we have a responsibility to do our bit to promote, at the very least, cultural and historical literacy concerning the ageless traditions and contributions of monastic life. We Redemptoristines speak of the charism to be "living witnesses" to the love of our Redeemer God. There is the potential to witness at many levels and the Internet just broadens that spectrum.
This blog, at the address of MonasticMusingsOSsR, languished for lack of input for a number of months, due in part to intervening double knee replacement surgery last August. Once creative energy returned in the fall, I doubled my efforts, kept the address but changed the title to Contemplative Horizon because I had become more savvy regarding the 'flag' words that would get the blog noticed in Google searches. In January of this year I was able to install a 'hit counter'. That counter just provided another milestone. To my great amazement over 1,500 visits have been made to this blog in the last three months. It is chicken feed in the immensity of the WEB but consequential for us. To think that persons unknown have stopped to read something here 1,500 times! Wow!
Now I want to ask a few questions of those of you who are stopping by to visit. What are you looking for when you come to this blog? What attracts you? What more would you like to know about our way of life? How can contemplative monastic nuns assist you in your spiritual journey? What do you think it would be helpful for me to know about you? If you wish to answer just click on the word "comment" below and you will have your chance.
Thank you for visiting. I hope that your spirit is lifted by the things you see and read here. May God bless your journey and Happy Spring!