My husband and I watched a fascinating TV show last night called “The Monastery” which followed the lives of five ordinary men seeking to find God or themselves in a cloistered space such as Christ in the Desert monastery in New Mexico. This is a silent monastery and visitors are encouraged to speak only 15 minutes a day. We must have missed previous episodes, because the men were 17 days into their retreat already and problems were beginning to manifest. I say problems, because each man is there for a particular reason, whether it’s to find a vocation, recover from alcoholism, or to even find their way toward God. Some of the men aren’t sure God exists, but felt they could find God here at the monastery, with its rigorous rules and ritual schedule. The silence alone might be enough to bother anyone! How many of us could keep silence all day long? If last night’s episode was any indication, this looks like a very well made and quality program.