The dream fulfilled

At the beginning of Advent Isaiah’s dream gave us a vision of hope for a fragile people in the midst of political and religious uncertainty. This dream was pondered and reflected on over centuries raising expectations of how its fulfilment would look. But dreams are surprising things, they’re not quite what they seem, and their […]

Herald of Christ

On 13th December the peoples of Scandinavia celebrate the Feast of St Lucy. Despite being born in Copenhagen and brought up with a good deal of Scandinavian influence, it was only in the monastery that I discovered St Lucy. As a child I attended several ‘St Lucy parties’ and looked on in awe as one girl would […]

Living the Dream

Each year as Advent begins I am drawn afresh to the writings of the prophet Isaiah. For the next few weeks I’ll revisit well known texts, hear again the poetry that stirs me and be prepared to be challenged by ancient words and images. As well as listening to Isaiah in the Liturgy of the Word at […]

A Time for Listening

 The first word of the Rule of St Benedict is “listen”. He tells us to “listen carefully to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” (Rule of St Benedict, Prologue, V1). This puts listening very much at the centre of Benedictine life. We are called to listen for the […]