August 10, 2009

DSC03039Today I visited a Benedictine community of monks in north London. It struck me as a special place. The monks belong to the Olivetan Congregation, their founder St Bernard Tomolei was recently canonised by Pope Benedict XVI. The monks run a busy parish and indeed attendance at the mass would confirm all the hard word they do must do there. The monastery also houses the retreat centre for the World Community for Christian Meditation. 

A book at the back of the church focussed on Satan. It made a refreshing change to see a book about him. Many people shy away from talk about sin. The book also brought up that we need to turn to the Lord each day and also that we need to admit our need for healing. The author, a Benedictine, suggests that we pray for our own healing – spiritual and physical – everyday.


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