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'Sometimes even good words should be left unsaid, out of esteem for silence.'


The Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 6.


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We live in a world that seems to be getting faster and noisier. We are surrounded by opinions and arguments, shouted ever louder. Can we find the eye of the storm, the place where are not driven by the wind and waves of our distracted minds?

For over 1500 years the Christian monastic tradition has provided a place of retreat, where people can find God, both in the people around them and in the silence of their hearts. But surely this is for hooded figures in secluded cloisters - what relevance can it have for us, in our busy daily lives?

The Rule of St Benedict has endured because of its relevance to everyone. It seeks to answer that hard question - how do we actually live out the values of the gospel in our community - family, workplace and parish? aims to help anyone seeking the stillness, silence and commitment to prayer of the Benedictine monastic tradition to find it in their own lives. People of all faiths and none are welcome to look around and spend time in this 'online cloister' - we hope it will encourage you to make time and space to find Christ within you, in the silence of your heart.

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