Called to Contemplative Action, episode 1
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If the Benedictine Rule of Life could be summed up in just two words it would be these: Contemplative Action.
“Life in the 21st Century could be described as frenetic and so in this first session we are going to do something very Lenten.”
As we start our 6 weeks exploring the Scriptures and the life of St Benedict together this is where we begin, with the simple understanding that we are called, as Christians in the Diocese of Winchester, to be the kind of people who think and who do. Who reflect and who act.
Life in the 21st Century could be described as frenetic and so in this first session we are going to do something very Lenten. We’re going to head out into the wilderness with Jesus, into the cave with Benedict, to commit ourselves to 40 days of contemplation and reflection. To try and simplify life a little and to slow down, even if it’s just for a short while. Together we are going to consider what it is that God has called us to, and how we might work that out together in a simple rule of life, a simple text that might help us to become even more the kind of people that God has created us to be.
Download the template for the Consequences activity here
Download the slideshow for Picture Show activity here
Week 1 Prayers, Songs and Liturgies pdf download
Week 1 Video Clips
’40’ – a series of cartoons by Si Smith depicting Jesus in the wilderness.
As you watch the clip, which pictures catch your attention and why? Make a note of what strikes you.