As a way of life it is often 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 aspires after an ideal thoroughly grounded in the ordinary realities of everyday life.
And it’s important to bear in mind that monks and nuns do not arrive at the door as fully-formed saints. We’re not an elite club; we’re students in the ‘school of the Lord’s service’ (RB). All that is asked of us is that we allow ourselves to be transformed into the likeness of Christ, from one degree of glory to the next. It’s a lifetime’s work, it’s not easy, and no one graduates. But the reward is hundredfold.
If you are interested in experiencing this life at first-hand, either for a limited period of time and/or as someone exploring a vocation, we would be pleased to hear from you. For more information see the two “routes” below.
Are you exploring a gap-year, a career-break, or feel the need for a deeper grounding in the faith? Mucknell Abbey is offering the opportunity to spend between 3 and 12 months living alongside a monastic community. Click the button to find out more.