A new monasticism

This post (#366) concludes a (leap) year of reflections. Today, two old fellows meet for the first presidential debate of the general election and a third old chap publishes a book that takes on both “latte liberals” and “inflexible right-wingers.” As we old codgers talk and write, I end this year of posts by yielding the floor to someone from the next generation: Adam Bucko, a 45-year-old faith leader who immigrated to the U.S. from Poland at age 17.

A monastic movement begun by Benedict of Nursia almost 1500 years ago helped save Christianity from extinction and helped save western civilization. Our planet could use a fresh dose of healing energy from a new, loose-knit group of monastics, who are both Christian and part of a larger interspiritual movement.

Adam Bucko is among this group. Richard Rohr describes him as “a devoted Christian contemplative, Episcopal priest, activist, and friend of the poor.” He serves Long Island’s Cathedral of the Incarnation and is co-founder of the Center for Spiritual Imagination and the Reciprocity Foundation.

I hear echos of earlier monastics such as Francis and Clare of Assisi in Bucko’s “Follow Your Heartbreak” contribution to Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change, edited by Justine Afra Huxley (Jessica Kingsley Publishers: 2019), pp. 67-68, by way of Rohr:

… a lot of young people don’t actually identify with a tradition …. But … young people are not necessarily rejecting God, they simply feel that many religious organizations … are no longer able to speak to and address some of the big questions of our time. And it takes deep insight and spiritual courage to see that. … I don’t think of the rise of the ‘spiritual but not religious’ among our youth as a sign of spiritual decline but rather a new kind of spiritual awakening ….

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