Life and spirituality of monks and nuns.

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What's the story behind the traditional haircut associated with monks?

As the title asks: What's the significance of this particular haircut. Why is it associated with monks, and what's the history behind it?
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Why don't Protestants engage in monasticism?

One distinction between the vast majority of Protestant denominations and those of the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Church is the lack of monasteries and a monastic class. What is an overview of ...
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How did the monastic tradition evolve?

In the 4th Century there was a strong monastic tradition, which usually involved living in solitude or small groups in the wilderness. By the 12th Century the monastic life was being lived in large ...
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How is spiritual progress described in eastern monastic traditions?

Catholic church has a long monastic history, and there are excellent exponents of spiritual progress whose concepts are used even today. Take Theresa of Avila's "interior castle" or Juan de la Cruz' ...
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Did medieval European monasticism provide a release from certain societal pressures?

I seem to recall a science fiction/fantasy author (possibly Marion Zimmer Bradley in the context of her Darkover series) stating that monasticism provided a means of relieving social pressures by ...
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Can a non-orthodox layman arrive to Hesychia?

After reading about Hesychasm and the related topics such as Jesus' Prayer, Philokalia and palamism I'm stuck with a question. In Hesychasm, the main objective is to arrive to Hesychia, which is ...
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From a marriage to a monastery

In the catholic doctrine, is it allowed to leave a marriage and become a monk or nun? Are there any magisterial documents that treat this topic? Edit: Are there any options e.g. for a specific ...
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Why do Carmelite nuns change headwear?

In this movie regarding the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, the girl who wants to become a saint, there is a scene wherein she changes the color of her clothing and headdress after participating some ...
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Which nuns get new names?

I know that some Catholic nuns chose new names, like Mother Teresa (previously Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), and others didn't, like Sister Helen Prejean. What determines whether a woman changes her name ...
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Why aren't there any Baptist monasteries? [duplicate]

So, why aren't there any Baptist monasteries? Is there some sort of theological opposition, or do Baptists just don't do it?
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In modern times, what would happen to a Roman Catholic monk if he were to violate his monastic vows?

So, I was watching a documentary about the Codex Gigas, or "Devil's Bible", and it said that the Codex Gigas was written by a single scribe over the course of decades as a way of doing penance of what ...
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How do some Franciscans brothers become priests?

Watching EWTN, I see that some of the Franciscans are priests and some are brothers. I'm pretty sure St. Francis himself went only as far as the diaconate (by his own choosing). So, do some good ...