Reflections from Fr Ian Mobsby, Prior of the Wellspring Community Peckham
So after nearly 10 years of dreaming, it seems at last the Society of the Holy Trinity will finally begin its life in 2019. People like Rob Ryan and I have been dreaming about this for a very long time, when the Moot Community in the City of London sensed of the Holy Spirit that it was not being called to set up an Acknowledged Religious Community in its own right, and boy has there been a lot of water under the bridge since I was involved in Moot!
There is a particularly fragility that I think goes hand in hand with the vocational calling to be a New Monastic form of Christian. My thoughts go out to the former Community of St Margaret the Queen that started so well, but ended in the summer of 2018. Our inheritance of the Rhythm of Life of this Society comes from the pioneering work of this community, which until the summer was one of the lead communities associated with forming this new monastic society. It goes to show exactly why we need this society, to assist us in the task of wise formation, discernment and stability. We are just starting out, and it is really hoped that the Society can help sustain some of the many new monastic communities that come into life, but which in their fragility struggle to cope with the state of the Church or the state of the world. Being a New Monastic follower of the Way of Jesus is a very counter-cultural thing to do, and to the vocation of forming new monastic communities is not an easy task. We pray that our teachers – St Benedict, St Francis, St Clare, St Ignatius can guide us in this important vocation as we seek to love and serve God in the context of all our localities.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton