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Love of Learning

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Keynote address as the Timeless Tradition - Technological Times Symposium held at St. Leo University, St. Leo Florida.

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Love of Learning

  1. 1. Love of Learning: The Overlooked Monastic Practice Sister Edith Bogue T4 Symposium St. Leo’s University July 21, 2017
  2. 2. 2 WHAT TO EXPECT IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  3. 3. 3 What to expect…  A mixture of content • Stories • Ideas • Factual knowledge • Images  Various ways to process • Thinking and pondering • Creating and enjoying • Deep stillness
  4. 4. 4 http://www.abcu.info/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={94EFD1ED-B758-49CE-A3EA- 1688AFFC9AC7}&DE={DE32CC52-A685-4ED0-B088-13A8479A57AE} “At the heart of Benedictine life there is a powerful drive to integrate what one knows into life and to do so until our life simply bursts out of all that holds it back.” Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB (1949-2008)
  5. 5. 55  Rudyard Kipling, British author.  Originally they were bedtime stories for his daughter Josephine.  Language, references to a wide world, and wisdom intertwined. The Elephant’s Child
  6. 6. 6 The Elephant’s Child - 1RudyardKipling,TheElephant’sChild,fromJustSoStoriesat http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/elephant.htm N the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn't pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant--a new Elephant--an Elephant's Child--who was full of 'satiable curiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his 'satiable curiosities.
  7. 7. 7 LEARNING: VERB IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  8. 8. 8 Curious http://kidaptive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/How-to-raise-a-curious- child-640x407.jpg
  9. 9. 9 Willing to say, “I don’t know”  .
  10. 10. 10 Persistence
  11. 11. 11 The Elephant’s Child - 2 One fine morning in the middle of the Precession of the Equinoxes this 'satiable Elephant's Child asked a new fine question that he had never asked before. He asked, 'What does the Crocodile have for dinner?’ Then everybody said, 'Hush!' in a loud and dretful tone, and they spanked him immediately and directly, without stopping, for a long time.
  12. 12. 12 Disquieting
  13. 13. 13 The Elephant’s Child - 3 By and by, when that was finished, he came upon Kolokolo Bird sitting in the middle of a wait-a-bit thorn-bush, and he said, 'My father has spanked me, and my mother has spanked me; all my aunts and uncles have spanked me for my 'satiable curiosity; and still I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner!' Then Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, 'Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.'.
  14. 14. 14 Fresh and Surprising https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifesite/shocked_face_child.jpg
  15. 15. 15 The Elephant’s Child - 4 That very next morning, this 'satiable Elephant's Child … said to all his dear families, 'Goodbye. I am going to the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever- trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.' And they all spanked him once more for luck, though he asked them most politely to stop. Then he went away, a little warm, but not at all astonished, eating melons, and throwing the rind about, because he could not pick it up.
  16. 16. 16 Effort and Exploration http://readyforlife.kera.org/wp- content/uploads/2011/06/temperament_tips_persistence.jpg
  17. 17. 17 Fearless and Imitative http://esq.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/15/05/54ccb5ce6b269_-_esq-curious-child-lg.jpg
  18. 18. 18 YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE OF ‘SATIABLE CURIOSITY AND JOY IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  19. 19. 19 LEARNING: A NOUN IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  20. 20. 20 Education can be painful
  21. 21. 21 Education can be painful
  22. 22. 22 Love of Learning Preserving the intellectual and material heritage entrusted to us by past generations. Transmitting the treasures of human culture to new generations. Creating scholarly, artistic and scientific works which enrich and enlarge human life. Integrating thought and action as complementary aspects of a full human life. College of St. Scholastica Benedictine Values
  23. 23. 23 “At the heart of Benedictine life there is a powerful drive to integrate what one knows into life and to do so until our life simply bursts out of all that holds it back.” Dietrich Reinhart, OSB “The Heart’s Deep Gladness and the Hunger of the World” Benedictine Pedagogy Conference, May 30, 2008
  24. 24. 24 frescofromSantaScolasticainNorcia “Learnedly ignorant”
  25. 25. 25 Reading the Bible with St. Benedict  Monastics learned scripture by heart.  Memory was entirely according to meaning.  SO: Quoting a phrase would bring to mind the entire passage related to it.  Sister Irene Nowell taught an entire course on "Reading the Bible with Benedict" from which some of these ideas were drawn. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/13/1QIsa_b.jpg/220px-1QIsa_b.jpg
  26. 26. 26 Scripture at the time of BenedictCodexClaromontanus:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Codex_claromontanus_latin.jpg Codex Claromontanus V, 4th or 5th century Latin manuscript of the New Testament. The text, written on vellum.
  27. 27. 27 “In the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, they read usually, not as today, principally with the eyes, but with the lips, pronouncing what they saw, and with the ears, listening to the words pronounced. hearing what is called the "voices of the pages." It is a real acoustical reading.” Dom Jean Leclercq The Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  28. 28. 28 GODISNOWHERE
  29. 29. 29 GODISNOWHERE
  30. 30. 30 GODISNOWHERE
  31. 31. 31 GODISNOWHERE
  32. 32. 32 Medieval Scripturehttp://www.medievalists.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/800px-Illuminated.bible_.arp_.jpg
  33. 33. 33 “For the ancients, to meditate is to read a text and to learn it "by heart" in the fullest sense of this expression, that is, with one's whole being: with the body, since the mouth pronounced it, with the memory which fixes it, with the intelligence which understands its meaning, and with the will which desires to put it into practice.” Dom Jean Leclercq The Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  34. 34. 34 Monastic Libraries
  35. 35. 35 “But if the great ideas of the past are to remain young and vital, each generation must, in turn, think them through and rediscover them in their pristine newness.” Dom Jean Leclercq The Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  36. 36. 36 YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE OF ‘SATIABLE CURIOSITY AND JOY IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  37. 37. 37 LOVE IlluminatedRuleofBenedict.Illuminationsby+SisterMary CharlesMcGough,St.ScholasticaMonastery,Duluth,MN
  38. 38. 38 The Fruit of Learning
  39. 39. 39 “Knowing, understanding, wisdom also flow from how we live. …Wisdom has to do with the interplay of knowing and living, it is a matter of character and virtue, and the Benedictine tradition manifests this in particular ways.” Bill Cahoy, quoted in Dietrich Reinhart, OSB “The Heart’s Deep Gladness and the Hunger of the World” Benedictine Pedagogy Conference, May 30, 2008
  40. 40. 40 “The external practices of monastic life are directly connected with our search for God. In and through these practices we express our spiritual values and ideals, & daily live out our commitment to God.” Cummings, Monastic Practices Obedience is not about rules
  41. 41. 41 https://theprofitgoddess.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/1.Monday.76.png
  42. 42. 42 Passing on the Knowledge
  43. 43. 43 “Therefore I beg you, reader, not to rejoice too greatly if you have read much, but if you have understood much. Nor that you have understood much, but that you have been able to retain it. Otherwise it is of little profit either to read or to understand.” Hugh of Saint Victor, The Didascalicon of Hugh of Saint Victor: A Medieval Guide to the Arts
  44. 44. 44 https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a6/97/06/a6970645a25046140580c58cbaa99a46.jpg
  45. 45. 45 Wonder & Joy
  46. 46. Love of Learning: The Overlooked Monastic Practice Sister Edith Bogue T4 Symposium St. Leo’s University July 21, 2017

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