Regula, dear readers, and thank you
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.