Alone and Yet Together
Our Little Way has a close friendship with monasticism, that as Douglas Burton-Christie has suggested, at its root is akin to lying alone on the bare earth, in utter abandonment to God. In this Way, Monos means ‘alone’ yet we are together in joining others living on bare earth; our Community is a shared solidarity, with those who have chosen or who have not chosen to live their Christian life as if on bare earth. What does this look like, how does it feel, and how do we live and function within this environment?
A Scary Internal Journey
Kev & Ellen both went to their parish priest, Fr Terry Fellows, in what they thought was a crisis, and he wisely told them not rush into anything, just to accept what was happening as promptings of the Holy Spirit and wait. Little did they know the wait was to be for over twenty years. It was a frightening experience at this time for them both, as they knew no language that could contextualise their experiences. Monasticism was far away from their spiritual radar.
Rule of Life
The genius and authenticity of any ‘Way for Living’ or ‘Rule of Life’ is its ability to be pieced together from Scripture, words, pictures, inspirational quotes and stories from ‘lives’ lived, written down and arranged in some form, so that others, knocking at your ‘door’, can join you.