priestly ministry on sharing
Christian meditation practices with
people throughout the world.
If you are going to do something as radical as following a religious
vocation, says Father Laurence Freeman, it would be wise to allow the
process of conversion a chance to begin.
y o Wn VoCATion, once it
emerged, was always to the
monastic life centered in the
practice of contemplation. it was a tre-
mendous grace for me to have been in-
Father Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
belongs to the Benedictine
community of Monte Oliveto,
Italy. Born and raised in England,
he now lives there again as director of the World Community
for Christian Meditation. In ad-
dition he is founder and director of the John Main
Center for Meditation and Interfaith Dialogue at
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
fluenced and guided by one of the great
spiritual figures of the 20th century, the
Benedictine monk Father John Main,
o.s.B. i first met him when i was still at
school and had no idea or attraction of
doing anything in life except becoming a
famous, successful writer and, hopefully,
a rich one.
At university i studied literature.
Planning to do postgraduate studies
later, i decided to get off the academic
train for a year or two and have a taste of
the real world. i taught, traveled, made
an entry into journalism, and even, just
to do something against my own grain,