Category Archives: Year of Consecrated Life

I thirst

As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? – Ps 42:1-2 Thirsting is linked … Continue reading

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An incurable restlessness

“Lord, what should I do?” This is a question that God hears rather a lot. Really, we should ask it every day. Not as a way to fill the gaps in the diary that day; rather, the question should be … Continue reading

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Year of Consecrated Life

This Advent sees the start of the Year of Consecrated Life. We Christians are not called by God to live a life of mediocrity, but a life of perfection. The ideal of Christian perfection  is derived from the teachings of … Continue reading

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Marriage and monasticism

I was greatly privileged last night to be able to listen to a talk given by Fr Cassian and Fr Gregory from the Benedictine monastery in Norcia, in Italy, which is the birthplace of St Benedict. The address was on … Continue reading

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Let your yes be yes, and your no be no

Today in England is the feast-day of St Edward, king and confessor. His was one of the few shrines in England that was not destroyed at the reformation – presumably the tyrant King Henry thought it imprudent to destroy the … Continue reading

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Cor ad cor loquitur

Today is the feast-day of Blessed John Henry Newman. There is no Norbertine connexion, of course, but it is fitting to mark the occasion this year, since the frater junior has just started his studies, now that his noviciate is … Continue reading

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