having been away for a few days i caught the last of the monastery on video last night. what a great series it has been - i have found it compelling. someone described it to me as reality tv with soul (which is of course a refreshing change). it was very moving to see transformations of various degrees in the 5 men who had spent 40 days and nights in the company of the benedictine brothers. tony's story was particularly touching, especially the scene where the brother presented him with a white stone and prayed a blessing on him and he was overwhelmed by the Spirit. the white stone ritual made me smile - it's something various alternative worship groups have done (e.g. vaux) - monks have clearly been on to this stuff a lot longer!
the series has got me thinking about benedictine spirituality. i have a friend who is a benedictine oblate ( a member of the community but who lives a regular life ). she has given me two books to read which i am enjoying - the cloister walk and the rule of benedict:insights for the ages . it also struck me how good an experience it was for the monks to encounter 5 men from the outside world and realise the transformative power of christian spirituality and the benedictine way. i am really pleased to see that they have taken the opportunity to develop a good web site with advice on meditation, bible reading and offering weekends for people interested to get a taste of what they have watched... lectio divina | tips to meditate