catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Engaging Monasticism

vol. 7, num. 6 :: 2008.03.21 — 2008.04.04

Principles of monasticism are claimed by a spectrum of people—from those who commit to life in a monastery to those who incorporate a rule into their everyday experiences outside of the monastery.  What is the relationship between committing to the contemplative life and being in the world?



Cursing and hoping in the night

Exploring the early morning monastic tradition of Vigils.

The paradoxes of the contemplative life

A journey into a rule of life reveals powerful tensions.


Land of abundance

Three Rivers, Michigan promises destinations for many kinds of pilgrims, including the reluctant ones.


The hard work of living peacefully

Entering into the peace that passes understanding is a constant journey marked by occasional glimpses.

Doing monasticism

On coming face to face with one’s self in a monastery.

80-degree community

Nature offers a lesson in working together to change the world.

So I'm thinking of joining a monastery...

And the decision is not quite as ironic as it might seem at first.


Grant’s recommendations 3.21.08

Cinematic explorations of the effects of World War II and the power of music.


In case you missed it the first time

Retreating into the Fray

The "how" and "why" of taking a spiritual retreat.

St. Gregory's Abbey and Benedictine monasticism

An exploration of monastic values and practices and how the monastic life can inform the lives of those outside of the monastery.

Eight days of silence

An account of a sabbatical retreat and an invitation to a firsthand experience.

Weaving the web

Prayer Warrior

An interview with Esther DeWaal, author of The Celtic Way of Prayer and A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict.


The new monastics

Jason Byassee writes about an emerging movement of alternative Christian communities.


The Breviary

A 28-day cycle of readings and reflections for morning and evening from a new monastice community in Minneapolis.




Just show up

The athlete’s mantra as a guide to a healthier perspective.

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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