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Thought for the month – August 2020

The Rule of St Benedict for August begins by talking of monks who have to travel, rather ironic in today’s society where we are only just coming out of an unprecedented ban on travelling. Yet, [...]

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Thought for the month – July 2020

I was happy that my husband could visit Mount Athos. In a series of ecstatic phone calls he described the landscape as he walked between the monasteries. “The land is covered in flowers. The [...]

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Thought for the month – June 2020

Someone asked the question ‘What is God trying to tell us by the pandemic?’ God does not intervene with a pandemic to make a point or get people to think. Nevertheless it is important for us to [...]

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Thought for the month – May 2020

At this unhappy time when we may be forgiven for anxiety about the health and welfare of our loved ones, Society and, indeed, ourselves it may be helpful to consider times when Christians have [...]

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Thought for the month – April 2020

In his Holy Rule, St Benedict often refers to murmuring and grumbling. This is understandable as murmuring and grumbling can present obstacles to anyone trying to build up and maintain an [...]

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Thought for the month – March 2020

There is often a tension between solitude and community; we need both at different times and in different degrees but we can’t always choose and that can be a real challenge. It can be difficult [...]

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Thought for the month – February 2020

It has been said that a monastery is a place where our hearts are gradually being transformed into the likeness of God. St. Benedict tells us that every aspect of life in the monastery is sacred [...]

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Thought for the month – January 2020

Standing at the doorway between one year and the next there is a pull to remember what has been given and prepare for what may be to come. For me the past year contained the extraordinary gift of [...]

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Thought for the month – December 2019

Recently, I heard an inspiring, true story of a secret library in Syria. For about four years before the town of Daraya, SW of Damascus fell in 2016, volunteers would rescue books – sometimes [...]