Blessing of Bonnevaux will take place on 21 November

The blessing of Bonnevaux will take place on 21 November with the installation of an icon of John Cassian. Please share this sacred moment with us: we ask that on 21 November, meditators throughout the world pause for a moment in gratitude for the presence of WCCM in the world, for the gifts that have been shared up til now, and for the all the hopes that Bonnevaux embodies for future generations. We ask that all who can, have an extra period of meditation that day, either on their own or in a small group.

After meditation please share this reading and prayer:

Meditation is the supreme way into faith, into commitment. All action must be shallow, mere immediacy if it is not based on the commitment to what is real, which must also be to what is eternal. Our invitation is to know now, with direct, personal knowledge, what is real and eternal, and knowing it, to live our lives inspired by love.

John Main OSB

May Bonnevaux flourish as a lamp on a lampstand, a new way of contemplative Christianity, a centre of peace, a place of teaching and transmission, and a home for future generations of our community. May the Lord bring to completion the good work he has begun in us and in the Bonnevaux of the 21st century.

Laurence Freeman OSB

pic_gordonTHE MOST REV. CHARLES JASON GORDON (Patron of the WCCM and Bishop of Barbados)
To purchase a home in France at this time is also a prophetic venture. It is to believe that the God of love will triumph and that the Christian Gospel has its place in the turmoil and cultural conflicts of this world. The Area around Bonnevaux was the place where enemies collided in the battle of Poitiers 1356. It is my prayer and hope that Bonnevaux will today be a meeting place of opposites where the practice of silence and meditation may reconcile enemies and open the hearts of generations to come to a commitment to peace.
I encourage and support the WCCM community in this bold new venture. It is timely and necessary for the leadership community, as it is for all those who are committed to building a better world through silence and the practice of meditation.

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Briji Waterfield, Director of Special Projects
WCCM International Office, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX, United Kingdom
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