We are so pleased to welcome Trappist monk and poet Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, back to Encountering Silence. A while back, Cassidy Hall interviewed brother Paul at his home, Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky (you can listen to that episode by clicking here).
She ran into Br. Paul again recently while visiting Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, to participate in the conference “‘Disappear from View’? Thomas Merton, Fifty Years Later and Beyond” which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s death in Bangkok in 1968.
If you can breathe comfortably with yourself, you’re going to be breathing more comfortably with other people. If you’re not comfortable with yourself, how are you going to be comfortable with other people? — Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO
They sat down for another chance to chat, and here is the recording of that conversation.
Some of the resources and authors mentioned in this episode:
- Paul Quenon, In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir
- Paul Quenon, Unquiet Vigil: New and Selected Poems
- Paul Quenon, Bells of the Hours
- Paul Quenon, Afternoons with Emily
- Paul Quenon, Monkswear
- Paul Quenon, Laughter: My Purgatory
- Paul Quenon, Terrors of Paradise
- Paul Quenon with Judith Valente and Michael Bever, The Art of Pausing
Episode 32: Silence in Chicago: A Conversation with Paul Quenon, OCSO
Hosted by: Cassidy Hall
Introduced by: Kevin Johnson
Guest: Paul Quenon, OCSO
Date Recorded: December 7, 2018