In these very challenging days … many are struggling
with being able to cope without our social interactions, which are such an important
part of our family and our lives.
St Clare of Assisi
So … who else better to ask how they cope than the nuns … Sister Leo, a member of the order since 1976, advised “Pay attention to regularity in your life, and do things by a timetable”.
|Poor Clares' Convent, Arundel, West Sussex
Each day is similar … arising at 5.00 or 5.30 am …
Meditating, pray and working in the garden or on
spiritual direction …
Lunch is eaten in silence, while listening to a
reading or spiritual text, after a rest …
More work, followed by recreation – when they catch up
with each other;
Sister Aeired, who’s been member for 59 years,
confirmed that they sometimes fall out, but also from time to time enjoy a
glass of beer, or wine.
Music, particularly chanting, plays a huge role in
their lives … they had been approached to record an album before Covid lockdown
struck. But … as things were meant to
be … they agreed the album should be produced, as they only had one rehearsal
Part of their routine is music every Wednesday – so the
album was crafted and created on Wednesdays …
… it was voluntary for their 23 members, not all
wanted to be on the album; as with most of us … some could sing, some struggled
… but the album was produced.
The album, with Latin hymns, features writings from St
Clare and St Francis, including medieval texts – with a 21st century
Clare of Assisi (1194 AD – 1253 AD) was one of the
first followers of St Francis, who founded the Order of the Poor Ladies, a
monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their
Rule of Life – the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written
by a woman.
I’ve been listening to their music – and it is
encapsulating … so soft, quiet,
meditative … and really takes me away from the ‘noise of our unworldly world’ …
Enjoy and here’s to all those who are there for us in
our hours of need …
We are the
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