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August 10, 2019

Retreating. in Prayer & Meditation

St Benedict wrote that a monk should prefer nothing to the work of God - the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. The monastic day is therefore built around set times of prayer, although there...


And this is the last story from the Abbot. “A young monk once went to his superior. “Father,” he said, “I must leave the monastery because I clearly do not have a vocation to be a monk.” When th...


“It’s not about what makes me happy. I didn’t join to make me happy, I joined to make God be quiet.” —— “Do you not realise that love for the world is hatred for God? Anyone who chooses the worl...


Really a note for myself: Since the early 17th century, and following the example of St Augustine of Canterbury, the first “missionary monk”, many of our houses undertake pastoral work in respons...


June 11, 2019

Impulsive. in Prayer & Meditation

I have been focusing more on short bursts of silence today. Ten minutes here and there, where I resist the urge to fill silence. Don’t turn on music, don’t look at your phone out of habit, don’t ...


The second part of the section on meditation and silence was about Lectio Divina, or divine reading, which is a method of meditation that uses texts to aid contemplation. I’m not going to dwell o...


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