Idea of a Village Conference
June 1st, 2019
Friendship: The art of happiness
"...We could further call friendship the art of happiness, recognizing that it is not just one art among others. It has unique position in its connection to virtue and holiness, to human fulfillment and happiness."
Since 2016 friends of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey have been hosting an annual conference we call 'The Idea of a Village.'
The goal of the conference is to deepen understanding of our rich Catholic culture as it radiates from the prayers of the monks and into our lives. It also means to provide a venue where attendees can gather to hear edifying talks, engage in spirited conversation, and experience some of the beauty of the monastic ideal of ora et labora.
We are grateful to have Father Abbot Anderson's blessing on this endeavor, and hope that attendees will leave The 'Idea of a Village' conference invigorated in their pursuit of authentic restoration of Christian culture.
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The conference was fantastic!
It is not enough to keep the Commandments, though we must; it is not enough to love one another as ourselves, though we must. The one thing needful, the unum necessarium of the Kingdom, is to love as He loves us, which is the love of joy in suffering and sacrifice, like Roland and Olivier charging into battle to their death defending those they love as they cry "Mon joie"; that is the music of Christian Culture.