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A Very Rare Encounter The webpage CartusiaLover.Wordpress.com has presented 90-year-old Carthusian Father Josep M. Canals Lamiel, the former prior of the Montalegre Charterhouse in Spain. It is very …More
A Very Rare Encounter

The webpage CartusiaLover.Wordpress.com has presented 90-year-old Carthusian Father Josep M. Canals Lamiel, the former prior of the Montalegre Charterhouse in Spain. It is very rare to hear anything about the Carthusians, an order of hermits, founded by Saint Bruno. They live in a radical separation from the world without telephone, TV, Internet or visitors. The only contact to the world is two newspapers, La Vanguardia and Catalunya Cristiana, which the Prior of Montalegre receives. Every Sunday, he offers a collection of news to his confreres.

I Have Always Kept A Left-Wing Attitude”

Dom Canals was ordained a diocesan priest in the famous Monserrat monastery. For decades he worked a parish-priest. For a while he was close to the Opus Dei. He wanted to join the Cistercians of Poblet but Barcelona Cardinal Narciso Jubany, his superior, categorically refused to let him go. At the time he was greatly influenced by Monsignor Francesc Llopart who told him, “Spain's solution is the left, only the left can change things.” Canals confesses, “I have always kept this left-wing attitude within the order of the Carthusians.”

I Don’t Have Time to Feel Frustrated”

Father Canals was allowed to join the Carthusians only at the age of 55. He entered the Grand Chartreuse in France. The passage from the parish into the hermitage was not too difficult for him. Quote, “All my life I have felt a penchant for the contemplative life.” He says about his days as a Carthusian, “I don't have time to love myself, to feel frustrated, or to waste time, on the contrary: this is the mystique of the Carthusian monastery.”

Extraordinary Happiness”

For Dom Canals, the life as a Carthusian has two important moments: the solitude in the cell, and Mass, both private Mass celebrated by each Carthusian priest alone, and Community Mass at which all participate. He insists that “in the Carthusian silence the monk never feels alone.” He explains it like this, “Thinking that you are not alone, but that the Trinity is with you, this gives a dimension of love, abandonment and joy and extraordinary happiness.”
laurelmarycecilia
what in the world does "I have always kept this left-wing attitude...." mean? Stability is good; change is bad and which is left wing???? Surely it doesn't refer to goodness in the left which we now read as atheist communism???
rhemes1582
Thanks for the news.