Soliloquy in an International Cloister

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23 September 2006

To wider spaces

The Cunning Linguist, who has been trying to make a cultured person of me, years ago gave me a copy of Herman Hesse's Stages. I have read it, or more precisely prayed it, often. I have been reading it very often in the past two weeks.

My noticeable absence from this space in recent weeks (about which no one wrote to complain, thank you very much) was due to the fact that your very own Brother Lawrence was chosen for a post in Rome during the recent General Chapter. This means that I am now busily trying to catch up on the work that piled up during my four weeks away, train my successor and pack my belongings. I have four weeks to do this. Ughh.

Actually, my new job will involve a lot of traveling. While this will certainly provide an even greater harvest of bloggable material, it also brings presents some challenges. First, I may spend long periods in areas where posting will be impractical, at best. Secondly, my increased responsibilities calls for increased discretion. You, my readers, will understand that discretion is not my strong suit so I have decided to error on the side of caution.

The point I am coming to is that this may be my last post. You can rest assured that I will be visiting your blogs often.

Of course, I could be persuaded to change my mind by offers of wild indiscretions from my female readers.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last line shows you correct about discretion. But your pithy comments will be missed. God bless!

24 September, 2006 03:54  
Blogger Sayre said...

I don't do wild indiscretions anymore, but having just discovered your blog, I will miss your presence in my blogosphere.

I can also totally understand the lack of time/need for discretion when you have a job that is so demanding - so go forth... and be discrete.

24 September, 2006 16:28  
Blogger Nikki said...

I OFFER WILD INDESCRETIONS!!!!!

AHHHHH!

I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER BLOGGING SNARKY MONK!!!!

Don't leave me!!!!

....okay, leave if you must...but I WILL pout....and sulk....and throw myself on the floor in a tantrum....yes, in a tantrum.

*Sigh*

You'll be missed.

25 September, 2006 01:19  
Blogger Helenindia said...

Wow - Bro Lo, I can't believe you're quitting blogging. So OK I wasn't your most faithful reader but you were my no.2 blog (after belgianwaffle). And you linked to me which was very cool (even though I wasn't a frequent poster). But it's cool that you are going to Rome. you know Rome is completely a weekend destination from India!!!!

25 September, 2006 19:15  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Brother Lawrence,

Congratulations on your new position. How exciting to live in Rome, every day, right at the heart of your faith.

You will be missed. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and your presence will leave a large empty place for so many of us.

Hmm, that sounds as if I'm mourning a death. Thank God that's not so.

He's not dead, he just moved to Rome. (Much better.) Consider yourself celebrated with indiscreet amounts of sacramental wine.

25 September, 2006 23:16  
Anonymous Open Grove Claudia said...

WHAT???? Oh my goodness! There's moblog! There's email blog!!! Please say it's not true!

26 September, 2006 00:25  
Blogger Nikki said...

In case you're curious, I'm still pouting...and sulking.

Is this working? Let me try again, only harder this time.

....

Damned ineffective periods.

26 September, 2006 02:33  
Blogger kat said...

um...if you keep blogging then i will send you what i just sent to my catholic brother buddy i've met in person: a plastic stamp thing that you use on a piece of bread that leaves an imprint on the toast. the image: the blessed virgin mary. oh, yeah.

26 September, 2006 07:45  
Blogger kat said...

btw, i noticed that my pic doesn't show up on your commenting thingie. it's changed and more appropriate than nikki's now. wheee.

26 September, 2006 07:52  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Wild indiscretions here! Grenoble's really quite close to Rome!

I've been reading your blog (which I love) for rather a while now, but I've never commented. Obviously that was my mistake...

Good luck with your new post, and I hope you manage to find the occasional not-too-indiscreet thing to write about!

26 September, 2006 13:10  
Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

I find it quite irresponsible for you to just leave us like this. Look at nikki. She's a wreck. Well, more of a wreck than normal. What are we gonna do now? Hmmm? Like Rome and a new job are more important than us?

*sniff*

So these wild indiscretions. Are they confessable?

26 September, 2006 15:12  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Oh, you're breaking my heart, the lot of you. Sniff.

Kat: Great invention. I wish I'd thought of it.

Christina: Yes, unfortunately, the indiscretions are confession material. Fortunately, there is a great two-for-the-price-of-one deal coming soon.

26 September, 2006 16:13  
Blogger princessfairytoes said...

BL< pleasse do not leave your Cyber flock in the lurch, Do you get to wear a different colour robe?

27 September, 2006 10:05  
Anonymous pog said...

Meanie. Hmf.

27 September, 2006 11:20  
Anonymous Open Grove Claudia said...

Um.... Isn't your mission to serve the poor????

We're POOR souls who need your attention and guidence in our every day endeavors. This blog could be a part of your, uh, service... or....mission ...

Oh hell, I'll miss you BroLo.

27 September, 2006 17:59  
Anonymous belgianwaffle said...

Oh bloody hell. I can't believe you're going to give up. Look at the new souls your winning for catholicism and, frankly, with the current Pope, it needs all the help it can get. Think of yourself as a modern missionary. This blog was unique in the blogosphere (or, if not, could you point me in the direction of a substitute). On the plus side, will you be in Brussels at all? You could babysit...

29 September, 2006 09:04  
Anonymous belgianwaffle said...

Sorry that should be "you're". Your departure has so traumatised me that basic grammar is now beyond me.

29 September, 2006 09:05  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Watch what you wish for, BW. We have a course for missionaries in Brussels, and I may ask or be asked to visit it. It's been a while since I babysat anyone. You're supposed to allow the kids to do anything they want, right?

29 September, 2006 17:01  
Blogger Elle*Bee said...

I'm sorry to hear this...I only recently discovered your blog.

29 September, 2006 23:55  
Anonymous heather said...

Dear Bro Lo,

How wild? How indiscreet? I may be able to help.

as ever,
HJB.

30 September, 2006 21:33  
Blogger kim said...

Cant you just blog under an alias?
Pretend to be snarky brother Abel or something?
I would miss you terribly ...please dont leave us *hangs on your robe*

and Nikki offered wild indescretions and Ive heard some stories about Nikki :)

30 September, 2006 23:38  
Blogger Nikki said...

KIM!

Who's spreading stories?

I told them to keep their mouths shut! er I mean...nothing has ever happened with anyone. I'm angelic.

*dodges bolts of lightening*

01 October, 2006 14:37  
Anonymous moobs said...

Well if travel brings you to London let me know and I will taek you to dinner

11 October, 2006 17:34  
Blogger Nikki said...

*Sigh*

I miss the monk.

I hope things are working well for you

18 October, 2006 15:00  

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