Books read recently include:-
Walsingham Way, by Colin Stephenson. A great read about the Shrine at Walsingham and its restoration.
Merrily on High, also by Colin Stephenson. An interesting meander around his life, though I was surprised to find how his views on High Church Anglicanism shifted downhill as he grew older.
Judgement on Hatcham : The history of a religious struggle 1877-1886 by Joyce Coombs.
This was a real eye-opener, to read about priests in England who were sent to prison for having even remotely High Church appertunances in their churches. Some brief information about the main protagonist, Fr Tooth, here
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris.
A fascinating book about a Protestant woman who becomes a Benedictine Oblate affiliated to a RC Abbey, and how she learns to value incorporating a Benedictine outlook into her daily life.
A similar book is Beyond the Walls : Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life by Paul Wilkes, a married layman with a family, who visits a Trappist monastery frequently.
These last two books show clearly that the line between monasticism and laity life is actually very blurred, and that much of the monastic life is of immense value and CAN be integrated into everyday life in the world.
I`m also currently reading the Rule of St Benedict.
Holy Father Benedict, pray for us !