Category Archives: Monastic

Kindness

During Lent we have reflected as a community on the theme of kindness. We were invited to spend time with scripture quotations, references to kindness in the prayers of the liturgy and references from Patristic readings and other sources used … Continue reading

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The Coming of God

Each year, in Advent, I read Maria Boulding’s book, The Coming of God. I’d go so far as to say that this would be my ‘desert island’ book choice. Maria Boulding wrote this book in 1986, after nearly 40 years as a … Continue reading

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A Monk’s Alphabet

Jeremy Driscoll’s book, A Monk’s Alphabet, is a simple and engaging read. As we follow his path through the alphabet, we are offered theological reflection and a little quirky insight into the monastic mindset. He writes with an honesty that … Continue reading

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Waiting

I have been struck recently by how much time in the monastic day can be spent waiting. We assemble five times each day to pray, twice to eat and once for a period of recreation. At seven of these gatherings there is … Continue reading

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One Heart and One Mind

Every so often someone shares a video with me that sets me thinking about the potential for glimpsing God in the everyday events of life. The video below is one such video: The Cup Song I’ve watched it several times … Continue reading

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Facebook, Flashmobs and the Body of Christ

People are often surprised that some of the nuns of Turvey Abbey are Facebook users. Social Networking sites are easily criticised for the influence they have, particularly on the young. Many see the use of such sites as opportunities for … Continue reading

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Born Comtemplative

I was struck recently by an article in the Church Times entitled ‘See the children’s bread from heaven’ Peter Hill,  the Arch-deacon of Nottingham outlines a diocesan motion to be put before the Synod that seeks to allow children to … Continue reading

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Siblings

Today’s Gospel passage for the Feast of St Andrew begins; ‘As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake, … Continue reading

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The Stars will Come Falling from Heaven

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Today’s Gospel passage, Mark 13:24-32, on first sight, presents us with something of a challenge. Apocalyptic language is a little alien to many of us and something to which we probably don’t pay a great deal of attention, unless it is … Continue reading

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Following your Heart

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Last week I attended a conference run by the National Office for Vocation. You might expect it to be vocations rather than vocation and therein lies the clue to the content of the day. The speakers highlighted the need for … Continue reading

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