Monastic Musings


October 10, 2015

Grace – The Divine Milieu

Words are such wonderful, amazing, confusing, illuminating and mysterious things... and they can be very tricky too. We can lose their rich meanings and...

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September 12, 2015

Letting Go

I have been pondering the spiritual practice of letting go. The simple action of walking demonstrates succinctly what is necessary.

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September 12, 2015

Seven Times a Day

When I first entered the monastery one of the sisters gifted me with a beautiful and very meaningful image to illustrate the horarium here at the Abbey and to share some of its significance and meaning with me.

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September 12, 2015

Walk Slowly, Bow Often

A few years ago in a teaching of our abbess Mother Mary I was introduced to two exceptionally evocative words - visio divina –a variation on the Benedictine prayer practice of lectio divina or holy reading.

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September 12, 2015

Awakening to Beauty

"We believe the presence of God is everywhere..." (RB 19:1) This amazing and surprising first line of Chapter 19 of the Rule of St Benedict calls me daily and hourly to awaken to the life within and the life around me...

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September 12, 2015

An Invitation to Life

Hospitality is an invitation to life. It is warm, nourishing, kindly and friendly. The wonderful poet Hafiz speaks of this invitation.

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September 12, 2015

The Presence of God

The beginning of Chapter 4 of the Rule of St Benedict, entitled Tools for Good Works, begins with: ‘Firstly, love the Lord God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and all your strength, and love your neighbour as yourself’.

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September 12, 2015

This being Human is a Guest House

Lectio this morning was an invitation to consider the lilies that neither toil nor spin. Those lilies are not managers or achievers or worriers. They are not motivated by anxiety or fear.

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September 12, 2015

Each Day is a new Beginning

I heard a story about a small pelican community on the west coast of the US. Since the turn of the last century these pelicans had been feeding on the waste from a fish processing factory which was left on the wharf, a rich diet of bone and entrail.

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September 12, 2015

Keep Death Daily before our Eyes

St Benedict instructs us to keep death daily before our eyes. Is this a morbid thing? No, not at all. St Benedict puts this instruction in Chapter 4 of his Rule which he entitles 'The tools for good works'.

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