This eleventh century saint founded the Carthusian Order at La Grande Chartreuse, an Order that still flourishes today. It is based on solitude, lived in community, inspired by the fourth century hermit communities of the Holy Land. In this country, the Carthusians are to be found today at Parkminster, in Sussex.

Their statutes explain their life: ‘To the praise of God’s glory, Christ, the Father’s Word, has from the beginning chosen certain men through the Holy Spirit, in order to lead them into solitude and unite them to himself in intimate love. In obedience to such a call, Master Bruno (“a man of always joyful countenance”), with six companions, entered the desert of Chartreuse, in the year of the Lord 1084, and settled there. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they and their successors, learning from experience, developed their own particular style of hermit life, which was handed down to succeeding generations, not by the written word, but by example’.

The experience of true solitude is precious today, even as we are bombarded by so much in modern life. May we discover, or rediscover, this essential aspect of life; may St Bruno pray for us, and may God bless you this day.