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Journalist Judith Valente writes, “Letters are the remnants we leave to mark important episodes in our lives… We introduce ourselves, confide our hopes, confess our errors, offer our thanks, and say goodbye in letters.” This married woman and self-described over-achiever has been sharing correspondence with Brother Paul Quenon, a celibate and contemplative Trappist monk who resides at the Abbey of Gethsemani of Bardstown, Kentucky. She writes, “The results is a dialogue between people stuttering to articulate life’s universal questions from within highly diverse contexts and from very different perspectives. Brother Paul writes as a monk steeped in silence and the ancient prayer practices of monastic life. I write as a married professional woman striving to bring a sense of prayer and contemplation to my scattered secular life.” This conversation encompasses a wide range of what it means to be human in a post-modern era as Valente and Brother Paul bring forward life’s universal questions from very different perspectives. Judith responds to Brother Paul’s question, “Does this bring you closer to God?” saying “I think that's the question we have to ask ourselves all the time in our work. Is this bringing me closer to the Divine Presence? Or, is this bringing me closer to the sacred in daily life, or the transcendent in daily life.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Judith Valente is a former staff writer for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Valente contributes to the US Catholic magazine and National Catholic Reporter. Besides her life as a journalist, she’s a poet, retreat leader, TV & Radio Producer, and Benedictine lay Associate.
Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in 1958 at the age of 17. Thomas Merton was his novice master and spiritual director.
Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO are co-authors of :
Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO, is the author of several books of poetry and the memoir:
To learn more about the work of Judith Valente go to www.judithvalente.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 4/8/2022 Program Number: 3756
From Album: Greatest Hits Chant (various artists)Artist: The Trappist Monks of Gethsemani
Opening Essay: Track 21 Veterem hominem Antiphons (mode 7)Music Break 1: Track 16 Chapter (verse)- Surge illuminare Jerusalem; Reges Tharsis et insulae text and short responsoryMusic Break 2: Track 12 Oremus Prayer text from Pope St. GregoryMusic Break 3: Track 17 Illuminans altissimus; Omnes de Saba venient Hymn; Versicle and response
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