A Little Light-heartedness

Monk tasting wine from a barrel
Sneaky Goings-On in the Cellar

Today is St Nicholas’s Day, so tonight Quietnun will be making toffee for our sweet-toothed friends. She doesn’t know that yet. It will be a nice  surprise for her (pity there’s no way of conveying irony in type).

Monks and nuns have always understood that a little light-heartedness in the cloister is a very good thing. There’s a charming letter from St Boniface in which he refers to giving a barrel of wine or beer “for a merry day with the brethren”. That’s exactly the right spirit. Advent is a time of preparation but its penitential character is sometimes exaggerated. There is a kind of “aching joy” about it all: we are joyful in hope, but experiencing the “not-yet-ness” of things means the joy is not complete.

Digitalnun is experiencing aching joy of quite a different kind. We rolled out the first phase of our revamped web site at the week-end. Most of it is working well, but the carefully crafted headers and quotations are not appearing as they should. Somewhere between trial and release the @font-face arguments ceased to work as they should, and one page is stubbornly refusing to enable links properly. We’ll try to get all that right before we  move on to the second phase.

In the meantime, thank you for comments about iBenedictines. One reader finds our minimalist design a little too bleak so we may revisit that in due course. Just don’t expect anything too soon!


15 thoughts on “A Little Light-heartedness”

  1. Is that St. Nicholas making merry in the cellar there? The monastery is looking more appealing a place if the merry making monk is anything to go by. (smile)

  2. The simplicity of design of this blog page as it is, I find, gives place of importance to the ‘word’ itself: as vehicle of shared meaning, as object of print expressed by font, and of course word as expression of the Word, all of which I like.

    And it suggests the silence, solitude and serenity (at least imagined) of the monastery.

    Also, the community’s interest in printing and fonts, I thought might come into play, where the design of font may have a role, and present an opportunity for us all to learn a little more about the world print and beautiful fonts.

    That said, however, as Terry noted… it is really the message that matters.

  3. I think its the plainness I like and it not fussy but get to the point of sharing who you are and sharing above all the love of GOd I am liking it alot. May be the only thing i would like to see more of are photos only because working in this media visual are very important It also very interactive in respect of lots of pages to click on and i like that too

    • Thank you, Anne. I assume your comment relates to the web site plainness rather than the blog plainness? I take your point about photos, but unless we can teach Duncan to take photos, we’re likely to be a bit short on those for a while! Seriously, there is an issue about community privacy: we’re happy to share monastic content, but we don’t want to become ourselves the subject of what we share. We haven’t got it right yet, but we want to keep the focus on God.

  4. The new site is really beautiful – congratulations!

    I agree that the blog should be all about your wise thoughts rather than twiddly bits. It could be completely blank (other than text of course) and I’d still be happy.

    Hope you are not too chilly. -10 forecast for tonight…!

    • Thank you, Rachel. Early days yet, but we’ve got some more content to go up and we’ll try adding it gradually. Being cold goes with the monastic territory, I’m afraid, but at least we’re not suffering the temperatures of those poor folk in the north or west.

  5. Good luck with this new web-site, Digital Nuns!

    It looks good. Mo and I hope that you’ll be busy with your electronic conversations.

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I saw a horse painting the other day. Maybe Duncan has hidden photographic talent?


  6. I love this new website as is! It’s beautifully simplistic and yet it’s so comfortably pleasing to the senses. The most important part of it, I agree, is the wonderful message you convey. It makes one ponder a bit more on the Word and finds a place in the heart and spirit. Thank you so much for your enriching and sometimes humorous dialogs, and your wonderful way with words.
    Thank you and God bless your works.

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