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Aelred G.


Three Rivers, MI, USA
male, age 66
Speaks: English, Trappist sign
Joined Feb 14, 2006
What I Want to Do: Be a good monk
Activities: praying, reading, running

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I have been in the monastery most of my life, entering less than two years after my nervous breakdown in the Gulf of Tonkin helped me realize that it was time for me to make my own decisions about life, rather than just doing what others wanted me to do.

I was reared Baptist in small town USA when Eisenhower was president and kids rode bikes everywhere and every neighborhood had drug stores and grocery stores as well as factories (a world that seemed eternal and now seems gone for good).

I went through my agnostic phase, then discovered a spiritual hunger that waxed and waned, perhaps best described as my agnostic/Buddhist phase.

When I decided that I had best return to my roots before I rejected them, I found my home in the Anglican tradition, although I was very active in the Newman Club & did consider becoming a Roman Catholic and joining a Trappist monastery. The fit between St. Gregory's and me seemed right and here I am.

I was appointed Novice Master in 1982 (responsible for training newcomers) & Prior in 1989 (assistant superior). In 1992 I was ordained to the priesthood to minister to the monastic community. In 1992 I was ordained to the priesthood to minister to the monastic community. I am also responsible for the choir and the ceremonial in church (where we spend a lot of our day).

It's a great life if you can stand it!
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Joined Feb 14, 2006 Activist Aspirations Casual 
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Hometown Zanesville, OH 
Birthday April 22, 1952  
Languages English, Trappist sign  
About Me I am an Enneagram 5 (Observer) with a "6 wing":
Examples are Darwin, Marx & Freud -- other 5's include Albert Einstein, Benedict Spinoza, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Aquinas & the Buddha
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Pets The monastery has 4 cats:, Phred, Booger, Xena, Gabrielle  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Anglican, Episcopalian, Christian - Episcopalian, Benedictine monk, Episcopal priest  
Eating Habits I eat what is set before me  
Wild Fact About Me I never learned to drive a car.
My Philosophy Every day I try to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even though I always fail.
What Gives Me Hope People who don't give up hope in hopeless situations (like Archbishop Desmond Tutu).
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Bringing the troops home & providing universal health care would be a fine start. Restoring the 1950s tax code so that corporations and the wealthy carried most of the tax burden and a family could be supported by a single wage earner would also be good. And Howard Dean was right about breaking up the corporate media empires: people think that you win elections and then you change the country, but the reality is that first you change the country and then you win elections.
What/who changed my life and why The writings of Thomas Merton helped lead me to monastic life.
What Bugs Me Don't get me started  
Passions good liturgy, books, music, good beer  
Inspirations touches of God  
What Scares Me War - Cruelty - Greed - Indifference  
Role Models My Novice Master  
Quotation If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless. -Mahatma Gandhi.

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. -- Benedict Spinoza
Interests Spirituality/Philosophy, music, movies, humor, history  
Books The Bible, Susan Howatch, An Infinity of Little Hours, Anne Lamott, Robert B. Parker, Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, theology, Military History, David Gemmell  
Music Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Lyle Lovett, The Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, The Mavericks, Ryan Adams, Handel, Scarlatti  
Movies Into Great Silence, The Princess Bride, Rob Roy, You Can Count on Me, Serenity, Smoke Signals, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Lone Star  
TV Shows Firefly, The Simpsons, Smackdown  
Favorite Foods french fries, steak, indian, pizza, mexican  
Favorite Places the abbey church, my monastic cell  
Can't Live Without god, laughter, peace, music, books  
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    Apr 26, 2008 2:30 PM

    Goddess L. (213)

    Have a great week Aelred! xx Hugs

    Apr 22, 2008 12:04 PM

    Goddess L. (213)

    Hi Aelred, hope you have a nice birthday! xx Happy_Birthday_Fairy

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    Have a great week!

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    Caz P. (9)
    Have a great weekend Aelred. Love and Peace to you.
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