Hi, I’m new to this forum and this is my first post.
I came here after doing internet searches and not finding anything helpful on the different orders of Monks. I’m planning to be a Monk in Ten years as it will take me that long to work on my prayer life. Outside of my prayer life needing work, I’m doing great as a Catholic. I’ve been celibate now for seven years with the occasional, very occasional lapse of masturbation which I feel is easily solved. I definitely do not watch porn. I’m sorry to get too detailed but I’m an open book. So, if you have any questions about my decision please ask and I’ll be honest and forthright. (I have had six years of miraculous intervention just in case you want to know that).
Now, is there a book or website which explains the different Order of Monks? I would prefer a book to be honest. I’m not certain how the Orders are divided, so I would need that explanation. I guess there probably some, “Monks for Dummies,” book out there =) I have worked with the Franciscan’s when I was in College. I’m now 37 and I used to work as an Accountant.
Here is what I am looking for in an order. I want a prayer life but I want a community of like minded people to fully devote ourselves to God. I would prefer not to take a vow of silence. If service is involved it has to be casual (The Franciscans I worked with were service oriented) and not the emphasis. Finally, my superior has to continually guide and challenges in terms of our religiosity and devotion to God. I play Guitar (Jazz Guitar) and I would hope I could continue to do that with headphones. I do smoke and occasionally drink but I can give that up.
Thank you. Remember, this is a ten year process. Thanks again.