Tintern Abbey, South Wales, UK

2015-11-25T14:27:20-04:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , |

Tintern Abbey Tintern Abbey in South Wales is situated in the beautiful Wye Valley--the Wye being a river that runs along the border of England and Wales. The hills rise above the river valley on the England side, and crowning the line of hills is the ancient earthwork defenses called Offa's Dyke. When my [...]

Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight

2015-11-24T19:12:48-04:00November 24th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quarr Abbey If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry report. You are here to kneel [...]

Julian of Norwich

2015-11-20T17:50:31-04:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , |

I was introduced to one of the great treasures of English medieval spirituality (sadly neglected by most Catholics) the Revelations of Divine Love by the anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich when I took a course in the fourteenth century mystics at Blackfriars in Oxford. Fr Simon Tugwell OP was the brilliantly witty and erudite lecturer. The Lady Juliana was born about [...]

Read Old Books

2015-11-10T10:35:42-04:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Following my blog posts on the role of reading and study in the Benedictine monastic tradition, I've had several readers ask for me to supply a reading list. This is very difficult for varied reasons. Firstly, the number of books and the availability of books is greater than ever. Not only are there a vast number [...]

On the Usefulness of Prayer

2015-11-07T14:36:56-04:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

A typical response when a man says he is entering a monastery is, "Why would a smart guy like yourself waste your life doing something like that?" This understandable remark indicates that a man's worth is determined by his usefulness, and in our sated but not satisfied society "usefulness" is usually determined by the level of [...]

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