Reflections from the Rock Chapel
by David Tanner
My very first visit to St Beuno’s was during a very chilly February 2012 for a midweek Individually Guided Retreat (IGR). This was also my first experience of a silent retreat and Ignatian spirituality. So a momentous occasion all round. This was a particularly significant time for me as I was seeking clarity from God on the direction to take after taking a voluntary redundancy from my job in the NHS after 34 years. At my first meeting with my spiritual director for the retreat she suggested a passage for me to read. Amazingly I had been studying this passage the day before starting the retreat. This set a theme for our meetings. The next day she suggested a passage, and I had been reading that passage only an hour before.
The next day I decided to go up to the Rock Chapel before our meeting. It was a dark, freezing cold February morning. Consequently, I only spent a few minutes up there and just read the passage that the bible was open at, huddling round a candle for warmth and light. You know what’s coming next - at our meeting she suggested that very passage for me. If ever I needed confirmation that God was at work and speaking, there it was.
I have since returned for further IGRs and quiet days, and always find a sense of the presence of God at St Beuno’s and very specifically in the Rock Chapel.
Thank you for providing such a special place.