How to Be: A Monk and a Journalist Reflect with Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon

In this episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt participates in a discussion of two friends sorting through their vulnerabilities, bewilderments, and uncertainties in a search for unvarnished truth. Brother Paul speaks from the perspective of a monk steeped in silence and the ancient prayer practices of monastic life. Judith Valente participates in the discussion from the perspective of a married professional woman striving to bring a sense of prayer and contemplation to her scattered secular life.

Building Friendship

  • The art of communication  
  • Differing perspectives add richness to life

Your Purpose

  • Discovering your life calling and creating a new perspective
  • Learning how a solidarity life is not the same as Isolated life
  • Accepting responsibility for yourself as a driven person

The Acceptance of Self

  • A driven life can be a downfall if not balanced
  • The attitude of safe in a world of uncertainty

More About Ms. Valente

Judith Valente is a former staff writer for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. She is a former correspondent for PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly and senior correspondent for investigative reporting and long features at the NPR affiliate in central Illinois. She was also a special correspondent covering faith and values and arts and culture for Chicago Public Radio. In addition, Valente contributes articles to US Catholic magazine and National Catholic Reporter. She lives in Normal, Illinois. Learn more at www.judithvalente.com. She is a sought-after speaker and retreat leader on such subjects as living a more contemplative life, discovering inner wisdom through poetry, and finding meaning in your work. She is a lay associate of the Benedictine monastery Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, which is the subject of her 2013 memoir, Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, which the Religion Newswriters Association chose as one of the three best spirituality books of that year.

Her book, The Art Of Pausing: Meditations For The Overworked And Overwhelmed, won a Best Book Award from the Catholic Press Association.

Her book is How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict teaches us about happiness, meaning, and community.

She began her work in journalism at the age of 21 as a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from that paper’s Chicago and London bureaus. She was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, first in the public service category as part of a team of reporters at The Dallas Times Herald investigating airline safety. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer in the feature writing category for her front-page article in The Wall Street Journal chronicling the story of a religiously conservative father caring for his son dying of AIDS.

Ms. Valente was a regular contributor to the national PBS-TV news program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. She has won numerous broadcast awards for her work on the show. Her work has also appeared on The PBS News Hour. Her reports have also appeared on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio, where she covered religion, interviewed poets and authors and was a guest essayist. Ms. Valente is currently a senior correspondent at WGLT Radio, an NPR affiliate in central Illinois.

Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO, entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in 1958 at the age of 17. Thomas Merton was his novice master and spiritual director. Quenon is the author of 9 collections of poetry. In Praise of the Useless Life, his memoir was praised by Sue Monk Kidd, Pico Iyer, and Kathleen Norris. https://monks.org/monks-pages/br-paul/

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