Monday, February 11, 2008

The meaning of life

Winchester Cathedral has a Benedictine history stemming from Fleury on the Loire where St Benedict lived and where his relics remain. This week two monks are visiting from the Abbey at Fleury. One of them told me how he sees his life. He envisions God's designs as a huge tapestry. His role in his monastic life is akin to knotting the threads of a tiny part of it on its underside. He can only see the knots in this life and not the picture which is being created on the other side. When he dies he is looking forward to seeing the whole tapestry in its full glory from the other side.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it Tanguy or Joseph? I haven't had a chance to talk with them yet but hope to do so when we Nave Choristers sing Compline on Friday evening.


1:09 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I can't reveal that - you'll have to find out yourself! Did you hear Tanguy's sermon?

1:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that you are out of the 'smoke' maybe you will have more time to go to the cinema. Make absolutely sure you go and see 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly'.

Very moving, uplifting with some heart rending scenes and beautiful cinematography. But make sure you take a handkerchief..

2:49 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I'm not a fan of tear-jerkers...Haven't read the book either which is supposed to be very good. Cried with laughter watching a seriously bad film on the way back from Oz: Death at a Funeral.

4:08 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That's a lovely way of looking at it.

6:46 pm  
Blogger merry weather said...

That is a striking thought - shall remember that!

8:19 pm  

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