12 September 2018, The Tablet

Spirituality without platitudes

The Tablet Interview: Erik Varden

Spirituality without platitudes

Ever since he was a boy in Norway, the son of a country vet, Erik Varden has felt a sense of longing – of homesickness “for a homeland I recall but have not seen”. There were decades of “rudderlessness, pain and questions” before he discovered where this was leading him: before, 17 years ago, aged 26, he arrived at the enclosed Cistercian monastery of Mount Saint Bernard in Leicestershire, where he is now Abbot, and where he hopes to die.

The Shattering of Loneliness, shortly to be published by Bloomsbury Continuum, is the fruit of his years of searching. It is that rare thing: a book that had to be written. It could change lives.

“Must I have personal experience of something to say, in truth, that I remember it?” Varden asks in his introduction. 

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User Comments (2)

Comment by: Ramsden
Posted: 21/09/2018 15:15:31
I have been following the work of this man and probably, really most likely, will acquire and profit from his writing.
Comment by: Kippy
Posted: 19/09/2018 16:47:04
This reminds me of a button (i.e. badge) I've had for quite some time now: The Lord can't steer a parked car.