Archive for November 24th, 2008

Retreat to Advance!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Some reflections on my stay in a Benedictine Monastery
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To see a slide-show of pictures from my stay, please click on the link below:
St Michael’s Abbey

From Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th November I spent some personal retreat time at St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough, Hants. It is home to a Benedictine community of about 7 monks who live in accordance with the Rule of St Benedict – working and praying – as many others have done over the past 1500 years. My intention was to live alongside the monks, following their pattern of prayer, and to begin to understand something of their spirituality.

The first thing I needed to grasp was the way in which their life revolved around prayer. This becomes apparent when you realise that community prayer is said 8 times a day at various times… (more…)