The City is my Monastery
A contemporary rule of life
by Richard Carter
“The beginning of the calendar year is a popular time to make resolutions, whether to take more exercise, consume less alcohol, or get more sleep. The Christian tradition offers the idea of a ‘rule of life’ to keep balance to ensure that prayer, silence and reflection infuse our everyday lives of work, family commitments and all that ‘stuff’ that make us over busy.
Richard Carter is a priest working in one of the busiest and nosiest parish churches in the country, St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. He writes in refreshing ways about the complexity of modern living in a cosmopolitan city while drawing on an ancient wisdom from desert monasticism. He invites us to discover a holiness which is attractive and possible rather than remote and unattainable.
In this beautiful anthology of prayers, poems, stories and commentary, Fr Richard helps us to embrace the Christian faith in the Spirit by slowing down, cultivating attentiveness and joy, being unafraid at solitude and yet learning from the rich, varied and challenging community of other people. This is a book to feed, inspire and travel with through a new year and decade.”
The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell