Steps in a Large Room
Christopher Holdsworth spent much of his life learning about the monastic tradition. Here he presents aspects of that tradition that may be useful for Quakers. Starting from outward things, like stability, humility, obedience and the regular attendance at public worship, the author moves toward other sides of what tradition calls "the exploration of the heart," and which he calls "inner space": namely attentive reading of the Bible and prayer. "We, like Benedict's monks, need to let the whole of ourselves be irradiated with the Spirit, so that, in George Fox's memorable phrase, our lives preach."