On September 17th we were singularly blessed to received the renewal of monastic vows in our monastery of a new confrère, Dom Bernward, who comes to us with a wealth of monastic wisdom and experience. Thanks be to Almighty God and to all who have fostered and assisted him in his vocation to our small but growing monastic family.
+ It is impossible to listen to chapter 64 of the Holy Rule “On the appointment of the abbot” and once again to hear the high standards set by Saint Benedict for the father of the monastery without a profound realisation of how much any ecclesiastical superior must rely on God’s grace even to begin to approach the standards required of him and indeed, without it provoking an examination of conscience. Please pray for your monastic father!
Recently we commissioned the renowned artist Daniel Mitsui to produce a drawing of the Benedictine concept of 'pax inter spinas' - of finding peace amidst thorns - for the exclusive use of the monastery. We are particularly delighted with the resultant work, pictured above.
Daniel Mitsui writes: "This emblem combines the word PAX written in a medieval display script (usually called Lombardic) a fruited sprig of an olive branch (which has been a symbol of peace since the days of Noah) and two branches of thorns woven into a crown. It illustrates the Benedictine motto Pax inter spinas, peace among thorns."
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Over the past three days, thanks to the generosity of a number of kind benefactors, our young men in formation have been able to participate in the annual Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage, culminating this afternoon with the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Monday in the Octave of Pentecost offered in Chartres Cathedral by His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah.
Saint Benedict strongly insists that his monks have reading during their meals. Thus far this year in the monastery refectory we have read four very fine books (the titles are illustrated below).
Monks 'eat' books as it were - particularly young monks - and we are always in need of more. We are profoundly grateful to those who enable us to expand our library through their benefactions and their gifts. An up to date list of some of the books we need and hope to acquire can be found on the Monastery's Amazon wish list. God bless and reward you if you can help to nourish our hearts, minds and souls in this way. Our benefactors are prayed for daily.