Light to the World

img_2089(Chicago, Illinois) A careful reading of such books as Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization makes one positively cheer for monks.  They were the ones who painstakingly put the classics and scripture to parchment before the introduction of the printing press.  Monasteries, quite literally, were the beacons on the hills of the Dark Ages.  We have much to be thankful for, and I was certainly thankful yesterday as I ended my visit to the Benedictine Monks of Chicago at the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 3111 S. Aberdeen Street in the always funky Bridgeport neighborhood.  Attend the Divine Office at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, and you will surely hear sirens, car alarms, muscle cars and even chanting at the Buddhist temple next door.  I am pleased to be an Oblate of the Monastery of the Holy Cross because it gives me reason to visit that holy place in a hectic space, at least once a month.  For me: a mini-retreat.  But when I emerge, the city awaits.  But I can wait it out, because I always find my center again, each and every time I visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross, a light to the world of Bridgeport.  Visit: or in person.  You won’t be disappointed.

About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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