Strangely at One With the Stone and the Glass

2015-11-08T20:23:12-04:00November 8th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

PENTAX Image My first visit to a Benedictine monastery was while I was a student at Oxford. I travelled down on the train first to Reading and then to the little station of Woolhampton, and set out to hike the mile or so up the hill following the old sign that pointed, "To the [...]

Morning at Fountains

2015-11-07T06:55:40-04:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

  Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England After a dispute and riot in 1132 at the Benedictine house of St Mary's Abbey, in York, 13 monks were expelled (among them Saint Robert of Newminster) and, after unsuccessfully attempting to return to the early 6th-century Rule of St Benedict, were taken into the protection of Thurstan, Archbishop of York.[3] He provided them with land in the [...]

Closed to the World. Open to Heaven

2015-11-06T16:53:03-04:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Cloister, Mont St Michel, France When I lived in England I made my annual retreat with the small community of Benedictines at Mont St Michel. The architecture is a Gothic marvel of economy and engineering brilliance. The lower levels with thick walls support common rooms with thinner walls and pillars and the whole living [...]


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