Monastic Musings


30 June 2014

Each Day is a new Beginning

I heard a story about a small pelican community on the west coast of the US. Since the turn of the last century these pelicans had been feeding on the waste from a fish processing factory which was left on the wharf, a rich diet of bone and entrail.

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24 February 2014

This being Human is a Guest House

Lectio this morning was an invitation to consider the lilies that neither toil nor spin. Those lilies are not managers or achievers or worriers. They are not motivated by anxiety or fear.

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16 February 2014

The Presence of God

The beginning of Chapter 4 of the Rule of St Benedict, entitled Tools for Good Works, begins with: ‘Firstly, love the Lord God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and all your strength, and love your neighbour as yourself’.

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17 January 2014

An Invitation to Life

Hospitality is an invitation to life. It is warm, nourishing, kindly and friendly. The wonderful poet Hafiz speaks of this invitation.

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14 December 2013

Awakening to Beauty

"We believe the presence of God is everywhere..." (RB 19:1) This amazing and surprising first line of Chapter 19 of the Rule of St Benedict calls me daily and hourly to awaken to the life within and the life around me...

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7 December 2013

Walk Slowly, Bow Often

A few years ago in a teaching of our abbess Mother Mary I was introduced to two exceptionally evocative words - visio divina –a variation on the Benedictine prayer practice of lectio divina or holy reading.

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16 October 2013

Seven Times a Day

When I first entered the monastery one of the sisters gifted me with a beautiful and very meaningful image to illustrate the horarium here at the Abbey and to share some of its significance and meaning with me.

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~  Everything that lives and that breathes gives praise to the Lord  ~

Jamberoo Abbey

Jamberoo Abbey, Benedictine Nuns
695 Jamberoo Mountain Road,
Jamberoo NSW 2533 Australia

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