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as originally seen on page 9 of the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of "Abbey Magazine"

Moved By the Spirit

These Norbertines combine spiritual fitness with disciplined exercise. Read more to learn how the spirit moves them.

 

 

Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem., Tennis and RunningI find my training often involves praying the rosary and relating the events of my life to the mysteries of the rosary. I recognize similar patterns in my commitment to personal prayer and commitment to an exercise routine. I am healthiest and most spiritually whole when I am both exercising and praying regularly.

Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem.,
37, tennis player and runner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., BikingIt’s amazing how many homilies you discover along the roadside when you’re biking! Sometimes I even combine biking with hospital or sick calls or home visits. People seem to like it if Ishow up in bike clothes.

If I don’t take care to achieve mind, heart, body, and soul balance, and I get out of whack, I’m squandering God’s gifts, both to me and through me for others whom I serve.

Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.,
60, bicyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Sebastian Schalk, O. Praem., WalkingI pray while I walk. I walk two or three miles a day to manage my arthritis.

Fr. Sebastian Schalk, O. Praem.,
90, walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Robert Finnegan, O. Praem., SwimmingSince I am in the pool alone, at least most of the time, I find it is a good opportunity for prayer. It is quiet, and I find myself alone with God. My swimming time is my contemplative time.

Fr. Robert Finnegan, O. Praem.,
87, swimmer and water exerciser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deacon Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem., Fly FishingMinisters who are overly stressed and experiencing burnout are not effective. It is important that we take time to achieve balance and good health to serve better our confreres in community and in ministry.

Finding the time to go fishing takes me away from worldly pressures by engaging in an activity that is, in a sense, purposeless. I soak up the beauty of my surroundings and feel a real connection with creation. I am able to abandon my personal ambitions for a soul-nourishing engagement with the divine.

Deacon Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem.,
27, fly fisherman

 

 

 

 

 

Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., RunnerWhile I’m on my long runs, I’m able to process my day: when I was at my best and when I was at my worst, what I need to improve, or where I need to make amends with people I may have hurt. Much of the benefit to my exercise involves emotional and mental well-being. It is both a duty and a responsibility, to me and to the people with whom I live. A healthy balance of ministry, prayer, sleep, nutrition, study, and exercise are essential to every Norbertine–and to every person.

Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem.,
25, runner

 

 

 

 


 
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