Are you interested in receiving a letter from a monkish man?
You probably don't hear that every day, do you?
Since I began my monastic residence early this month I’ve rekindled my love for letter writing. This was initially spawned by a beautiful, handwritten note I received from one of the brothers when I arrived. When I walked into my cell I was greeted by words of wisdom and grace. The fact that this monk took the time to write these words nearly left me in tears.
The following week I had a lovely conversation with a visiting minister. A few days later, I received a letter from him thanking me and answering a few of my questions.
Needless to say, these experiences deeply moved me.
Given that I’m not online a lot and so many people have expressed great interest in my experience, I've decided to offer a letter to anyone who would like one.
All you have to do is write to me. Ask me a question, about anything, and I will respond to you personally.
Do you have a question about what monastic life is like? Wondering why I’m doing what I’m doing? Struggling with a period of adversity in your life, and seeking refuge? Have a philosophical or theological question you’d like me to answer? Seeking prayers and encouragement?
If so—or if you’d like me to address anything else —write me a letter and I will respond to you.
I will personally respond to every piece of mail I receive within four weeks, and hopefully sooner.
If you can’t or don’t want to write me a letter, you can also send me an email. I’ll do my best to respond to every email question I receive with a letter as well, but that will depend on the level of interest I receive. I won’t be able to write more than a few letters per week, so if I get a huge response I’ll only be able to respond to those who write a letter themselves.
If you would like me to send you a handwritten note, please reach out! I’d love to hear from you.
You can reach me at the following address:
980 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138
If you can’t send me a letter, send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org with a return address. If you haven't heard from me within four weeks, please feel free to pester me!
And even if you don't have time to write me a letter, I encourage you to keep in touch and follow me along. Although monastic life is extremely intense and demanding, I've decided to resume posting on The Adversity Within on a strict schedule. I will be posting a brief post every Tuesday, beginning next Tuesday, October 6th. I'll be addressing a number of topics; adversity, grief, discipline, as well as travel, living with chronic illness, and yes, monastic life.
I'll also be posting very short reflections on my Facebook page 3-4 times per week.
I won't be marketing my writing or taking on outside writing or consulting projects (except in rare cases), but the blog will continue, every week, for the duration of my residency.
I'd love for you to remain a part of my community if my work has spoken to you at all. This journey would not be possible without your support, and I'm deeply grateful to every one of you.
With love from Cambridge,