St Romuald, Italian Founder of the Camaldolese Order, lived in the tenth to eleventh century. The monastic order he founded was cenobitic, but integrated many elements of the eremitical life.

The Rule which he wrote is, in Latin, 100 words, and here is a translation: ‘Sit in the cell as in paradise; cast all memory of the world behind you; cautiously watching your thoughts, as a good fisher watches the fish. In the Psalms there is one way. Do not abandon it. If you who have come with the fervour of a novice cannot understand everything, strive to recite with understanding of spirit and mind, now here, now there, and when you begin to wander while reading, do not stop, but hasten to correct yourself by concentrating. Above all, place yourself in the presence of God with fear and trembling, like someone who stands in the sight of the emperor; destroy yourself completely, and sit like a chick, content with the grace of God, for unless its mother gives it something, it tastes nothing and has nothing to eat’.

There is much we can identify with here, even today. May St Romuald pray for us in our own prayer journey, and may God bless you this day.