Welcome to a series of weekly reflections offered by the Leadership of the Northumbria Community.

ZOOMING INWARDS AND OUTWARDS – 30th May 2020

This week Catherine Askew explores how God’s love can be both limitless and intimate through the push and pull of zooming both outwards and inwards.

Zooming inwards and outwards

WHEN YOU NO LONGER KNOW HOW TO BE – 22nd May 2020

This week’s reflection is a special blessing from the leadership of the Northumbria Community for such a time as this. It is taken from the end of our Small Boat, Great Big Sea Communion Liturgy (see also the ‘Come and See’ Wednesday prayers from this week)

When you no longer know how to be,
may the Father take you on your deeper journey.
When you no longer know what to do,
may the Spirit reveal to you your fitting task.
When all feels lost or foreign
may you know your home in Christ.

On the path that is before you,
may you have companions for the journey,
may you find Christ in the stranger
and may you know the love and blessing of God.

Filmed and recorded on location, in ‘lockdown,’ in Evesham, Alnwick and Beaurepaire Priory, Durham in May 2020.

When you no longer know how to be

IN THE CELL THERE MAY BE MONSTERS… 15th May 2020

The work of the cell is important for the monastic life. In this week’s reflection, Catherine Askew encourages us to step into our cell to recognise and confront the monsters that might just be popping up more visibly in us during this time of ‘lockdown’…

In the Cell there may be monsters

BECOMING A DEEPENED ONE – 8th May 2020

This week, Catherine Askew explores the idea of becoming ‘deepened’ and how it might enable us to make more meaningful connections with one another.

Becoming a deepened one

LEARNING TO BE FILLED IN A TIME OF ABSENCE – 28th April 2020

Catherine Askew reflects on the experience of learning to be filled in a time of absence, as part of a new weekly series from the Leaders of Community, during this time of pandemic.

Learning to be filled in a time of absence

KEEPING A MONASTIC RHYTHM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS – 19th March 2020

In these disorientating, difficult times and on the day that we have had to close our Mother House – Nether Springs – Catherine Askew outlines how keeping a monastic rhythm can help bring hope and meaning to our relationship with God and each other: alone, together.

Keeping a monastic rhythm for such a time as this