February 2021

I found this lovely man fascinating, not because he was religious, but because he was a seeker who wished to ‘go beyond and into’ as one might say. Fr Bede Williams, a Benedictine monk, who spent the last 38 years of his life in India, in attempt to integrate his Catholic training with the Eastern philosophy.

He was a man in search of that which is fundamental to all religions: the search for the absolute and that which transcends all human limitations. It is said of him that he was a mystic in touch with absolute love and beauty.

He was a fan of Wordsworth, mainly due to the fact that Wordsworth saw God in nature.

“—And I have felt

A presence that disturbs me with the joy

Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime

Of something far more deeply interfused,

Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,

And the round ocean and the living air,

And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:

A motion and a spirit, that impels

All thinking things, all objects of all thought,

And rolls through all things.

Therefore am I still

A lover of the meadows and the woods

And mountains; and of all that we behold

From this green earth; of all the mighty world

Of eye, and ear,—both what they half create,

And what perceive; well pleased to recognise

In nature and the language of the sense

The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,

The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul

Of all my moral being.” ~ Wordsworth.

Fr Bede Williams
Father Bede Williams
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