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The Still Point in a Turning World

The Still Point in a Turning World

A friend put the image of the Peterborough crucifix on his facebook page with the words, “Peterborough Cathedral: The Cross stands as the world turns.” Those words translate what is on the bottom of this crucifix by Frank Roper (1974). What intrigued me was that Peterborough was a Benedictine monastery – this is the motto… Continue Reading

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Saint Hugh of Lincoln

Saint Hugh of Lincoln

Anybody who has been following this website for some time knows my interest (read obsession) with Carthusians, and how we might learn from them, and live some of what they focus on – but outside cloister walls. Hugh of Lincoln (1135/40 – 16 November 1200), a Carthusian who went on to live the busy life… Continue Reading

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Rosary

Rosary

October 7 was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and October is, traditionally, the month of the Rosary. The 150 recitations of the Hail Mary was, obviously, connected to the monastic praying of the 150 psalms (especially for those without books or who could not read). The recent addition of another 50 Hail… Continue Reading

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Saint Bruno of Cologne

Saint Bruno of Cologne

Bruno of Cologne (Cologne c. 1030 – Serra San Bruno 6 October 1101) was the founder of the Carthusian Order, personally founded the order’s first two communities. He was a celebrated teacher at Reims, and a close advisor of his former pupil, Pope Urban II. God, you called Bruno to serve you in a life… Continue Reading

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Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality focuses on the insights and teachings of St Ignatius Loyola. (1491 – July 31, 1556) the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). His spirituality is primarily embodied and passed on through his Spiritual Exercises. This is normally experienced as a thirty-day silent retreat made individually under the guidance of a spiritual… Continue Reading

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When Silence Speaks

When Silence Speaks: The Spiritual Way of the Carthusian Order by Tim Peeters Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Darton Longman And Todd Ltd (August 27, 2015) Carthusians essentially live a praying hermit life as a supporting community. They have differing callings within the one community – the ‘brothers’ having more of a community life and working… Continue Reading

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The Abbot’s Shoes Seeking a Contemplative Life

The Abbot’s Shoes: Seeking a Contemplative Life by Peter Robertson (Kindle $2). This is Peter Robertson’s story, set in New Zealand. He joined the Cistercians in New Zealand at Kopua Monastery, in the early ’70s was when I first started going to the monastery (I am now a Cistercian Associate of Kopua). Vividly descriptive, it… Continue Reading

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