Admiral of Morality: Regula, dear readers, and thank you

Friday, March 28, 2008

Regula, dear readers, and thank you

Since no entries were made to the website for a short period this past winter, several readers wrote to inquire as to my whereabouts, and as to the status of the site.

In the Episcopal contemplative tradition modeled on The Rule of St. Benedict, there are regular periods of prayer, meditation and contemplation. Much of this tradition occurs within a monastic or other contemplative community, of which The Episcopal Church has several.

These communities generally follow the rule of life formulated so well by St. Benedict. This rule, or regula, to use the Latin—which gives us the more expansive sense of the word's term, which is as a method or approach to spiritual formation—does not require holy orders, and many have written elsewhere, about the rules' usefulness and development in their lives.

In my own life, there are regular periods of contemplation, study, and prayer, during which no posts may appear, and no correspondence may be answered.

Alas, these periods might seem extended by the instantaneous standards of electrical impulses; by human standards, these times are surprisingly short.

Notwithstanding,—thank you, dear readers, for your notes of interest and concern, and your continuing visits.

Grace and peace in the name of the Lord.


Blogger gerry said...

Thanks for the confirmation. I had assumed you were on retreat rather than one of the disappered.

Welcome back.

3/28/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Jane R said...

And peace to you, esteemed brother. (I mean brother in Christ, not monk brother. ;-))

I didn't wonder, I just figured you would speak when you needed to.

Thank you for this reminder of the benefits of Benedictine (or Benedictine -derived or -affiliated) life.

We could all use some of this -- or at the very least, some Sabbath time on a regular basis. These practices - Sabbath and regular - are not unrelated.

3/29/2008 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Jane R said...

Oops, I meant Sabbath and regula.

3/30/2008 01:38:00 AM  

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