I have just finished by lent reading for today and it a book called ‘Seeking Peace’ by Johann Christoph Arnold. As I read it there were various comments mentioned in which I thought was very applicable today as the world is in Chaos and people are feeling very afraid, vulnerable, isolated and perhaps alone.
You are not alone! We are in this crises all together and one thing that is coming out of this is the huge support that is seen all over the world to the medical staff and volunteers – I THANK YOU! We are praying for you all no matter who you are, we are in this together. Also for all those in local communities who come together to help those who are isolated and cannot get out for food and medicine.
What I want to share with you is this passage from the book mentioned:
‘ .. as we strive for peace, we should not forget that the hidden prayers offered by nuns, contemplatives, old men and women, the sick in hospitals make up a crucial part of our struggle, one every bit as noteworthy as the more visible activity carried out by those on the front lines by the young and the physically strong’.
To live in a monastic community and living in isolation and social distancing is part of our way of life and it takes time and patience to cope with this, it is also a time of grace to get to know someone better. It is hard but it is worth it’s weight in gold as it were. We in community don’t choose who we live with, granted that, but we do make a total decision to give up everything to serve God. We get to know the other members through time and perseverance. We have a timetable and that takes discipline to stick to it daily, meals are together in common, prayer is in common, work is done separately, reading in private and of course community time is Recreation time – these are precious moments.
It may be hard because you don’t know what to do or how to go about it but self discipline and a timetable is the trick. Keep to a normal as possible routine eg, getting up, having breakfast, meal times together etc. Part of St. Benedict’s Rule is self discipline and balance. Have fun too and make time for yourselves, chill out and relax.
Don’t run away from a situation but face up to it, get the balance right. These are the people you love at the end of the day.
Today we welcomed back some ‘old friends’ from the UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers). It may have been a very wet and thundery morning to begin with but you all brought out the sunshine at intervals later on in the day. What a wonderful day you have had with a lovely and prayerful mass and of course a wonderful talk in the afternoon followed by Exposition and Benediction!
(all images in this post cheekily pinched from the internet and not posed by actual Colwich nuns)
The Community is on retreat from this (Monday) afternoon until the end of Wednesday. Please keep all of us in your prayers as we also remember you in ours.
Mother Abbess and the Community would love to welcome you to Colwich for the Triduum and Easter Sunday this year – as usual there will be accommodation available, both in the guestquarters and in the Cottage. If you do not wish to stay then you are of course just as welcome to come to the ceremonies. The liturgical schedule during these four days is given below:
07:45 Morning Office
11:30 Midday Office
17:00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Watching until 20:00
07:45 Morning Office
11:30 Midday Office
15:00 Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
(did you think this was a vocations-related post? 😀 )
Come and live close to a (our) monastery!
The Abbey owns some houses which are let out to tenants, and two are currently available. This post has only the briefest of outlines, so if you’d like to know more or to come and visit, please get in touch with our agents at their details below.
Abbey House (Rightmove) is next door to us – there would be a clear view across to the monastery were it not for some magnificent trees providing some privacy! It has three bedrooms upstairs, one of which is en-suite, and has private parking on its own driveway. The rent is £750pcm.
2 Abbey Cottages is at the bottom of the drive, just off the main road in Little Haywood. It is an older house, with two bedrooms upstairs. The rent is £550 pcm.
Boot & Son in Cannock are handling the lettings for us; they have all the information you could need and would be happy to hear from you: