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‘Does the novice truly seek God?’

Rule of St Benedict

Monastic life is romanticised and stereotyped; images of cowled figures, gothic architecture and ethereal chant readily come to mind. Although it may have some of these aspects, the life and spirituality of a monastic community is a grounding in realism.

Living at close quarters on a daily basis with people of very different temperaments and backgrounds, and to do so in peace, is one of the most demanding ascetical practices we have to face. It requires people willing to be changed and challenged in all sorts of unexpected ways, so that by dying to self the life of Christ might grow within us.