“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.
March 15, 2020, The Third Sunday in Lent “My eyes are always on the Lord, for God rescues my feet from the snare” Ps 24:15 Greetings and love, I’ve been thinking and meditating a lot more than usual, and wanted to send a brief note. Meditating is a bit easier to do these days since … More Walking into the Present Moment with “Eyes wide Open”
“Standing on the Front Porch of Lent”: Septuagesima, the Three Weeks, “Pre-Lent” …a time to prepare for separation from the “noisy distractions of the world…” Or, another way of seeing it, “easing into Lent.” Brother Nicholas Obl.S.B., Mount Saviour Monastery February 8, 2020: Who can imagine that in three weeks, Lent will begin? It seems … More “Standing on the Front Porch of Lent”: Septuagesima, the Three Weeks, “Pre-Lent” …a time to prepare for separation from the “noisy distractions of the world…” Or, another way of seeing it, “easing into Lent.” February 8, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that I write this note, but thought it was important for those close to me to know: today, Dec 23rd, 7 days before her 74th birthday, my sister Sheila left her earthly home. It is also the last day of the seven “O Antiphons” before Christmas — “O Come … More On the Death of a Loved One – December 23, 2019
[A snippet from my personal journal that I thought I’d share. I hope it is appropriate to do so. + In Nomine Domini +] Yesterday, I had a doctor’s appointment in a large city an hour train ride from my home. I mistakenly thought the appointment was for 11:30 am, only to find upon arrival … More St. Benedict’s Transitus (His “Passing Over”) March 21, 2019
Saint Frances of Rome (b. 1384) was the daughter of wealthy aristocratic parents. Although she would have preferred to become a nun as a youth, she accepted her parent’s wishes and married. She was a wife for forty years and birthed three children. Tragically, Frances’ two daughters were killed in the chaos of Rome at … More Reflections on Saint Frances of Rome, Patroness of Oblates – March 9th Feast Day (2019)
Fall has changed to Winter, at least on the landscape, even if not officially on the calendar. A few days ago an unexpected snowstorm struck while I was away from home. Driving back, my truck slide into a ditch. I waited three hours for AAA to “extricate” me, but help never arrived. When I re-contacted … More Oblates as Witnesses: November 23, 2018: [A Post-Script to My Journal Reflection on October 18, 2018]
Penning my morning meditation—on the Anniversary of my Oblation—a chill Autumn wind whistles outside my window, while the teakettle on the stove offers competition to the Fall gale…a fitting juxtaposition for the day! In Zen Buddhism the imagery of “wind in the pines” is a metaphor for a steaming teakettle (often expressed in haiku poetry), … More The Anniversary of My Oblation; the 2018 Oblate Retreat; & the Feast of St. Luke – Journal Reflection for October 18, 2018