Laurence Freeman OSB

Monk and Teacher

Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation

With Irish and English roots, Laurence Freeman was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he worked with the United Nations in New York, in Banking and Journalism. He is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) a global, inclusive contemplative community.

Fr. Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. His is the director and spiritual guide of the World Community for Christian Meditation. John Main was his teacher and Fr. Laurence assisted him in establishing the foundations of the Community. Fr. Laurence is the author of a number of books on Christian Meditation. He travels extensively giving presentations and leading Christian Meditation Retreats.

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Second Sunday of Advent 2022

One of my favourite saints is the ‘God-bearing and holy Father Maximos the hut-burner’. He was not, as you might think, a mystical arsonist as he only burned his own huts, which he also built, whenever he moved to another place.

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Loneliness is one of the great problems of our modern culture. One of the prices we pay for affluence a is loneliness. Competitiveness, loneliness comes with it. And it is one of the great diseases of our time. Even people in families, people with friends, people with a busy life, they can be deeply lonely as well. And believe me, meditation is the cure, the antidote for loneliness.

Laurence’s popular Daily Wisdom comes to your inbox every morning. It combines a short text by him with one of his striking photographs. A great way to start the day.

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