Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one.
Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB continues her conversation with Cassidy, recorded at Sr. Meg’s monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Toward the end of the conversation, Kevin, Carl (and Carl’s wife, Fran) joined the conversation via Skype.
“In Mepkin Abbey we all have to drink our coffee together… you can’t take your coffee cup to your room… the first day I resented it, I said ‘nobody messes with my coffee’… the second day, I just sat there and drank the coffee; the third day, I actually listened to the birds wake up, the third day I noticed who also was in the room; the fourth day I actually tasted silence, and I brought that back home with me.” — Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
She reflects on how Jesus represents a path from violence to healing, plays more music on her recorders, muses on the best practice for interreligious dialogue (“practice your own faith and understand others”), and leads Cassidy on an exercise for training attentiveness.
Kevin and Carl ask Sr. Meg additional questions about interspiritual practice, on cultivating an “ethos of silence” in the church, and how to best teach the practice of silence in our time — particularly the question of contemplative teaching online.
Sr. Meg rounds out her conversation with a wonderful description of “five cups of coffee” that illustrate her encounter with silence and the presence of God. Don’t miss it!
“If I could put what I believe about God in fewer than 200 words, it would be this: Jesus is the way for us to shift from violence to healing…” — Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
Some of the resources and authors we mention in this episode:
- Mary Margaret Funk, Thoughts Matter
- Mary Margaret Funk, Tools Matter
- Mary Margaret Funk, Humility Matters
- Mary Margaret Funk, Lectio Matters
- Mary Margaret Funk, Discernment Matters
- Mary Margaret Funk, Renouncing Violence
- Mary Margaret Funk, Islam Is
- Jim Forest, At Play in the Lion’s Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan
- Daniel Berrigan, Essential Writings
- The Dalai Lama, My Spiritual Journey
- The Desert Mothers and Fathers, Early Christian Wisdom Sayings
- John Cassian, The Institutes
- John Cassian, The Conferences
- Thomas Merton, Silence, Joy
- Evagrius Ponticus, The Greek Ascetic Corpus
- Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love: The Way of Christian Contemplation
- Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting
- Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul
- Pedro Arrupe, Essential Writings
- The Glencairn Sisters, Glencairn Abbey: A Year in the Life
Episode 53: Silence Matters: A Conversation with Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB (Part Two)
Hosted by: Cassidy Hall
With: Kevin Johnson, Carl McColman
Special Guest: Fran McColman
Guest: Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
Date Recorded: February 5, 2019