Considered for centuries as a higher form of existence, monastic life is now disappearing, out of touch with the new values of current society and forgotten by new spiritual literature.
Like tiny island-shelters, communities based on prayer and silence still persist today. Therein, humility and non-personal love dictate the road to internal peace. Their trust in the power of prayer allows these monks to feel useful in the world.
“You come to the monastery after an initial ‘falling in love’ with God,” says a master of Carthusian novices. “Then you pass through stages. If you manage to live ‘the great death’, that is, if you are able to empty yourself of all attachments, and accept your bare essence, without consolation nor expectations, your being is set free and life transforms into serenity.”