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Born in Berkshire, Br Daniel was raised in the Faith in a Benedictine parish. Before entering the novitiate in 2018, he read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge where he remained to complete a doctorate in Theoretical Physics. His years of study confirmed a love for the contemplative life, but also theological debate with those of different world views. C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, and Pope Benedict XVI were formative influences as an undergraduate, whilst more recently he has enjoyed exploring Dante, the twelfth-century Cistercians, and Eastern spiritual theology.
daniel.rowlands@english.op.org

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | In today's Gospel Jesus lauds the scribe for his wise response concerning the two greatest commandments. But

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | This Carolingian miniature depicts Christ's feet firmly rooted to the ground as the Father

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | "Sin, even venial sin, is the only real sadness in life, the only enemy of peace,

Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | Heaven is, in a certain sense, individual for each and every one. Every time we pray,

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | This then is the true heart of the monastic Office: to learn to "pray without

The Seven Last Words | From the Friday before Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday, the student brothers offer you a daily

Quodlibets | We pray in the Roman Canon of the Mass: “command that we be delivered from eternal damnation”. A

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | The divine life simply cannot be clung to and possessed as a prize, but

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | To borrow from St Gregory Nazianzen, in a turn of phrase much loved

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | All three comings of Christ described by St Bernard seem to be represented in

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | Br Daniel reflects on the life and work of Fr Conrad Pepler OP,

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