Today’s solemnity of St Benedict, the Transitus or ‘entry into heaven,’ invites reflection on what it means to be a Benedictine. Every community is different, although we share a common likeness that enables us to recognize one another as shoots from the same tree. Within each community individuals are certainly very ‘individual’. We all have our own ‘take’ on the Rule by which we live, our own customs and observances, yet there is never any doubt about the values that underpin them. We have more than fifteen hundred years of experience to draw on — fifteen hundred years of community, solitude, prayer, study, work and obedience; fifteen hundred years of welcoming Christ in the stranger, in the liturgy, in every activity and moment of every day. And still we have more to learn, more to discover about how to follow Christ. May the prayers of St Benedict help us all. Amen.