08 October 2020, The Tablet

Harden not your heart


 

Staying Tender: Contemplation, Pathway to Compassion
LUKE BELL OSB
(ANGELICO PRESS, 146 PP, £15)
Tablet bookshop price £13.50 • Tel 020 7799 4064

This book is a meditation to savour slowly. The author invites the reader to resist addiction to chronological time and learn from the Benedictine wisdom of stability. Dwelling, or abiding, are the pervasive images employed, betraying the author’s deep roots in Benedictine spirituality. This long rumination results from Lectio Divina, “divine reading”, that is the ­meditation of Scripture. Fr Luke Bell has a long familiarity with this, and shares a wealth of images and quotations that resonate long after the book is closed.

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