As I announced a few weeks ago, the moderator of the Catholicism Forum, Steven Hepburn, has decided to enter a Carthusian Charterhouse as a postulant. No decision to enter the religious life is an easy one, but the decision to enter a contemplative order, to spend the rest of one's life in prayer and in the pursuit of union with God, is particularly momentous.
If "by their fruits you shall know them" is a test by which we can determine the authenticity of a Christian vocation, then what does contemplative monasticism produce exactly?
Steven's answer, like so many of his answers to questions in the forum, is spot on—and one more reason (as if I needed more) why I'm going to miss the wisdom and understanding he has shown as moderator for the past 16 months.
Yet his answer also shows how we will all continue to benefit from Steven's faith and devotion. To find out how, you'll have to read his column on the Guardian's website. And while you're there, make sure to leave a comment, wishing Steven well in this new stage in his spiritual journey and uniting your prayers to his.