Cave Refectory Road
CAVE REFECTORY ROAD
Monastic Rhythms for contemporary living
Ian AdamsMonastic living for us today
This is a book well worth reading, Ian gives an insight into the rhythm of monastic living for us today. I found it inspiring and helpful and for anyone who is searching the spiritual life this book is a gem. By giving us threads of wisdom of the early Desert Fathers and Mothers and weaving them into our world today offering us fresh insights of our troubles of the modern time. It enables us to follow Christ using the wisdom of monks and nuns.
I particularly found Ian's advice for focusing on prayer using a holy space in the home very creative. To engulf yourself within a circle using a cushion or prayer stool taking you closer to the floor and using a cord, stones or candles laid in a circle to help create a kind of monastic cave very simple but meaningful.
Ian runs through the book using three distinct paths and each one may offer an inspiration for creating community.
CAVE being the Desert Fathers and Mothers withdrawing, a personal solitude.
REFECTORY we know as the dining room but is where the community comes together offering love to their neighbours.
ROAD this life is lived in the open reaching out to the world as did Mother Theresa.
Each of these distinct paths has the potential to bring about change not only within us but within the community.
A very imaginative book
Reviewed by Sandra Lee
Reflection / Meditation / Spirituality
The Christian Life