About a decade ago I visited the ecumenical Christian community called Taize in France. My stay was longer than many at two weeks, and one week of that time I was in the Silence House, for a deeper retreat. It was still nothing compared to son Isaac, who was living there at the time. He spent eight months at Taize http://www.taize.fr/ and another four at Grandchamp in Switzerland. http://www.grandchamp.org/ Grandchamp follows the Rule of Taize but it is a very different experience because guests come by the thousands to Taize. while Granchamp is much quieter.
Ike was twenty-one and was seriously considering a monastic vocation. As some of you know, daughter Emily's 17-year-old's wry comment was "great: I'll have a father who is a father, and a brother who's a brother."
Isaac is now a United Church minister, married, and a dad. His family does live a relatively simple life, which is rooted in faith, commitment to a lighter ecological footprint, and with a "monk in the world" ethos.
In the video below Isaac offers thoughts for the Sunday School teachers of his congregation, as help in their preparation for this week when they will be "larnin'" the kids about the Beatitudes, Jesus' counter-cultural manifesto. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6FxCGN87PA&feature=youtube
I think it's rather good, but I am his Pa after all. It is a reminder that we are called to a radically different life in Christ.
Are you comfortable with the simplicity of your life as a Christian? Often I'm not. Do our individual efforts really matter?