|Douai Abbey June 2012|
I've been busy relating the alarms and excursions of last weekend to a fellow tertiary who missed our local area retreat . In all fairness, these only made up a tiny part of what I found a refreshing and challenging time out learning about the prayer of St Clare of Assisi: she who exemplifies the more contemplative strand of Franciscan spirituality and who, IMO tends to stay very much in the shadow of Francis. She's certainly challenging me several years after my profession into TSSF, and at a time when my own rule of life is becoming, shall we say...slightly 'motheaten,' to look, pray, and ponder once again how I can ground my way of being. Her life and actions really were congruent with what she believed.
Any old way - to get back to the alarums: namely the fire alarm going off twice during the wee smalls of Sunday morning; all this against a
Grotty as we all felt though, pity the poor monks who had to be up and doing at silly o'clock for the first office of the day. A real gathering of Saints!