Monasteries are always an interesting place to visit. Non less are the ancient Abbey’s that lie within our own country. In the heart of Yorkshire we have 3 Cistercian Abbey’s that lie in ruin, and the most famous of them all I think is Rievaulx, followed by Fountain’s then Byland. Their very presence reminds us of ancient traditions and the presence of God among us. It is the life of prayer that draws people to God and that isn’t so very different today. It is also – I think, but maybe wrong, a part of our own inner journey of seeking something deeper inside our very selves. We want to belong, and God is calling us but are we listening ……….
To all who follow St. Benedict, a Happy Feast today.
2 yrs ago I was visiting Subiaco! Fond memories…………
March 1st is the Feast of St. David so we will be celebrating my feast this coming week!
Feast days always seem to appear together during lent as we will in the next few weeks also have Saints…Patrick, Joseph, Benedict, and Our Lady (The Annunciation) which is our patronal feast!
In this year Dedicated to Consecrated life there is a wonderful document called REJOICE !
Here is a snippet from the document:
In calling you God says to you: ‘You are important to me, I love you, I am counting on you’. Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from that! The joy of the moment in which Jesus looked at me. Understanding and hearing this is the secret of our joy. Feeling loved by God, feeling that for him we are not numbers but people; and we know that it is he who is calling us.”
To all Benedictines and Oblates, HAPPY FEAST for St. Scholastica, Benedict’s twin sister.
Having happy memories of visiting Norcia and Monte Cassino 2yrs ago and other places associated with these two great saints……….
A sad day this morning, we had to say goodbye to one of our beloved doggies, Coco, she had an aggressive tumor on her head but wasn’t in any pain. We’ll miss her and so will Skippy!
Our new Website is now fully active – why don’t you take a peek and let me know what you think!
Of course there is still a lot of info to put up – but its a beginning. If there’s anything you think that may be of use on it – please email and let me know and I’ll see what others think!