Before we begin…

Welcome to A Path Through Advent with St Benedict.

I’ll be using the Advent Liturgy of the Word as a framework for our reflection. I’ll choose a theme from the readings and relate this to my experience of living the Rule of St Benedict. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of the Rule. But if you would find it helpful to have the full text, I’ll be quoting from this translation: The Rule of St Benedict in English, Timothy Fry, osb. You can find a sample here:

There are many other translations available. This is a useful archive:

Poet and priest, Malcolm Guite, captures the essence of the Rule of St Benedict beautifully in his sonnet. This is a helpful starting place for our journey.

You sought to start a simple school of prayer,
A modest, gentle, moderate attempt,
With nothing made too harsh or hard to bear,
No treating or retreating with contempt,
A little rule, a small obedience
That sets aside, and tills the chosen ground,
Fruitful humility, chosen innocence,
A binding by which freedom might be found

You call us all to live, and see good days,
Centre in Christ and enter in his peace,
To seek his Way amidst our many ways,
Find blessedness in blessing, peace in praise,
To clear and keep for Love a sacred space
That we might be beginners in God’s grace.

Malcolm Guite

Our journey begins on Sunday 27th November. I’ll post on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. (On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays there will be shorter posts.)

I am delighted that so many have shown interest in this.
I look forward to sharing the journey with you.