Reflections

This page contains a series of reflections on aspects of Benedictine spirituality and prayer, but other subjects may also be covered, depending upon inspiration! Subscribers to stbenedict.co.uk will receive a notification when new reflections are added - click here to subscribe:

Latest reflection, added 27 May 2021:

Can stained glass help us to understand the nature of the Eucharist, and what it call us to be?

'The Good Judge' - a re-telling of the passion of Christ, to encourage us to look at it with fresh eyes, and explore the meaning of his redemptive death:

'Calming the Storm' - a reflection on Mark 4:35, and the need for continual prayer:

St Benedict and the Cruciform Life

'Wonderful and Unsettling' - how lectio divina works changes in us.

Advent 2019: Go beyond the mind that you have...
Article about the connection between the  Turin Shroud and Buckfast Abbey chapel window.
The Art of Holy Week
St Paul and the Fruit of the Spirit
Joy - only in darkness, the light

Suffering and faith in

'The Brothers Karamazov'.

The second of of three reflections on 'The Brothers Karamazov', this looks at the famous story of 'The Grand Inquisitor'.
The final reflection on 'The Brothers Karamazov', this looks at Alyosha, the youngest brother, the Christ figure who brings light to the darkness.

Bringing the Word Home - how lectio divina can help to develop a personal relationship with Christ.

Holy Week 2020

Advent 2018 - Christ as the Light of the World
Reflection No.1, 23 July 2018:
Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.
Reflection No.2, 15 October 2018: The Logos in the Prologue of St John.
Bartimaeus the blind man - and ignoring the voices that keep us from Christ.
Text of three talks given by Abbot David Charlesworth OSB on various aspects of Benedictine life:
These are a series of reflections on the actual practice of prayer, and what the fundamental idea in the Rule of St Benedict to 'listen with the ear of the heart' might actually mean in practice:
Prayer and attention to Christ
Prayer and distraction
Prayer and humility
Prayer and Wonder