This is just a quick note to say that I will be taking a break from blogging to settle into my community as a postulant. I’ll be back in a few months. See you all on the other side! Advertisements
There is a beautiful pain in what Marilynne Robinson calls the use of solitude as an antidote for loneliness. Sitting here alone, watching the mass of humanity around me, is almost sacramental. I bless them all. But what worth does my blessing have? To anyone? Thomas à Kempis writes that, while we must forgive others,… Read More Writing from Greenbelt.
Where is it that we are when we pray? We are, obviously, in the place where we are. However, we are often in many places. We are saying to ourselves ‘I should be somewhere else’ or ‘I should be someone else’ or ‘I am not where I say I am’. In prayer, to begin where… Read More Spiritual Ennui
I’m an extrovert by nature. I love people, conversation, and being sociable in general. But, for the past week, I’ve lived in a community where conversation has been forbidden in the name of silent retreat. I only observed the silence fully for 2 days, which in theory meant no social media, as well as no… Read More Silence and Privilege
Over the past 2 days, I’ve been joining the sisters in a silent retreat. I’ve taken the opportunity to revive an interest in photography which has been dormant for several years. Here are some of the fruits of yesterday’s labours: I still can’t quite believe I get to call this place home.
Today, during quiet time, I tried a finger labyrinth for the first time. I found it in the corner of a prayer room here, and it looked excellent. Labyrinths are not, as most people think, synonymous with mazes. Mazes have dead ends; in labyrinths, all routes lead to the centre. This finger labyrinth took the… Read More Finger Labyrinths
Tomorrow, I will have been living with the Order of the Holy Paraclete for 3 weeks. Far too much has happened in that time for me to write in detail about it all, but to summarise: The community is simply amazing. I have felt so welcomed and welcome every single day that I’ve been here.… Read More 3 weeks in
A few days ago, I wrote an article talking about my recent decision to spend a year living with a community of nuns. Now I’m finally here at the Order of the Holy Paraclete, I wanted to jot down my initial thoughts. I arrived yesterday morning after a pleasant drive across the North York Moors from York… Read More Community living
I decided to start a new blog partly because I begrudge paying the hefty sum of £12 a year for the old one, and partly because now seems like the right time to do so. In about a month’s time, I will be leaving my job and leaving my city to move to a little… Read More New Beginnings