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contemporary reflections on the Rule of St Benedict.
Ian Mobsby’s address to the Archbishops Examination Day, Lambeth Palace, 9 Oct 2014
This week I moved from Canberra, Australia to London, England to spend a year at Meditatio House. Meditatio House is a community house of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). It is a contemplative house which has at its heart three times of meditation per day, as well as a living out of the Rule of Saint Benedict. It is contemplative in that its focus is a fostering of the personal and communal experience of God. The Rule of Benedict provides the guide and structure for this. The goal is nothing less than a human transformation (wrought by God) into an ever deepening expression of love, both personal and communal.
Meditatio House is part of a broader outreach of the WCCM called Meditatio. Meditatio is the name given to the WCCM’s attempt to enter into a dialogue with secular consciousness and the broader contemporary world. The premise…
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British perspectives on small, intentional communities
I don’t pretend to understand American politics, but Rod Dreher’s suggestion on where to put your money seems apt. (I’m surprised he doesn’t credit Alasdair McIntyre for the Benedict – New Dark Age idea.)
If I were a social or religious conservative who had money to donate, I would not give it to political causes. I would use it for strengthening our institutions as places of effective cultural resistance to the times we’re in, and the times that we’re entering. Make them function like the Benedictine monasteries of Western Europe did during the Dark Ages: as institutions and communities that bear and pass on our moral and spiritual vision in a time and place that does not share it, so that one day, far into the future, it will be there for rediscovery, and the rebuilding of society out of the ruins. Understand, I’m not advocating a withdrawal from politics, but rather a strategic reorientation of our priorities, and a reallocation of our resources — financial, organizational, and yes, spiritual — toward battles that are less fierce and emotionally satisfying, but far more important in the long run, if the virtues that we believe define a good society are to survive the new Dark Age that our fellow Americans embrace as Enlightenment.
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Very interesting article.
Someone on the new monasticism network said he was “exploring living on a farm community in a Poustinia,” and I wondered what that was.