This was a nice way to start out my notetaking for this week --
from intercessions at Vespers: May the Lord plant seeds of harmony
deep in our hearts. Let us pray to the Lord.
Fr. Eugene gave a retreat last weekend at the Guest House, "The
Beatitudes: The Foundation of Christian Spirituality."
Br. André made some blueberry muffins, cornbread and corn
muffins and scones this week in culinary school. (I'm looking at
his Facebook photos of these, and I am getting hungry!)
Br. Francis wrote a reflection and gave an excerpt on a recent
audience address by Pope Francis:
Who is Jesus for you?
Fr. Harry served as Mass heb this week. Here are some of my
notes from his homilies:
Sunday: We are in a covenant with God. This is a relationship
with God. We may find ourselves in covenant relationships with
unexpected people. This, then, might be an unexpected group here in
this church, and we at the very least are trying to live what we
have sworn with Joshua … to live and serve the Lord. We are called
to take the Body and Blood of Christ and make it our own in a
covenant with God. What we do here we do in memory of Christ the
Monday, Feast of St. Bartholomew: If people really knew what
they were getting into, they might act otherwise. Nathanael thinks
he has it all figured out when he approaches Jesus, but Jesus tells
him otherwise. When Jesus is involved, we often find the outcome
more horrifying and wonderful than expected.
Thursday, Feast of St. Monica: The Lord, according to the
Gospel, will come at a time when we do not expect. If Christ is the
thief, we are the householders. What is it we are afraid to let God
steal if he is the thief? These can be things like pride, anger,
narrow-mindedness, and maybe most of all, fear -- the fear of
living in a different way -- the way of the Gospel. The Gospel says
stay awake, but I say go asleep and let God steal it.
Archabbot Justin gave us a conference on Wednesday. Of the many
things he encouraged, he encouraged us to continue being an example
of hope to the world through our prayer and work. This is easier
when we lead simple lives and do not seek stardom.
Several monks have been helping with the Intensive Spiritual
Formation Week this week in the seminary, and Br. Peduru and Br.
Lorenzo and our visiting Benedictine monk-students have joined them
as participants as they resume full-time seminary studies.
Have a good weekend! Know of our continued prayers for you.
Please pray for us.