Hermits in community — The Tablet

“We’re all like you now;” observed my self-isolating mother, “enclosed.” She isn’t the first person to make the connection between my life as an enclosed Carmelite nun and the present lockdown. Some have asked for tips: “How do you do it?” “What advice can you give?” The more I think about it, the less comfortable I feel with the comparison. Carmelite monasteries are generally large buildings with spacious gardens. We have the luxury of space and particularly of personal space. It is a far cry from a family living in quarantine in a high rise flat. Yet the Carmelite tradition does seem to have something worthwhile to say during this crisis…

Sister Therese Wilkinson, OCD
Thicket Priory Carmelite Monastery, York

Read more at https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1393/hermits-in-community

Photo credit: Thicket Priory – Carmelite Monastery (used by permission)

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