There is much about the Benedictine mindset which is very attractive – particularly their sense of what it takes to create a balanced life. I tripped over a definition of a person under stress – excitable, anxious, overbearing, obstinate, jealous, over-suspicious, quite unable to stop. I think I ticked most of those boxes. I liked the way in which the Rule describes the role of the Abbot – focused very much on the life of the community and dealing with disfunction. His guidance and teaching should be ‘almost imperceptible .. like leaven .. so that they think they have taught it themselves.’
And, by coincidence, as I drifted through Anglican-Episcopal World, I found a report of the signing of an agreement on a new ecumenical partnership between Canterbury Cathedral and the Abbey of Bec. The root of the link is that Lanfranc, Anselm and Theobald were all either Abbots or Priors of Bec and all later became Archbishop of Canterbury.