Autumn Day

This clear, fresh afternoon of brilliant fall ,Delights our spirit with new cool air and sun .white clouds above hang quiet and enthrall . There is no wind. We easily go out to run The humming bird does find a fragrant flower;It’s trip so far; we cannot fathom how.The deer, now, finds the corn behind … More Autumn Day

Vows

Next Monday, the Feast of St. Benedict, I’ll be renewing my vows at the early morning Mass at my parish church. This has become an annual event. I first asked my pastor—I guess this is seven years ago now—if I might renew them privately with him: show up early; go to Confession; renew; go to … More Vows

Carving

I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but: next week at this time, after more than two years, I’ll finally be back at the monastery. I’ve had my bus tickets for weeks and have made the most difficult decision I face for any trip: my reading materials. For spiritual reading I’ve got Cassian and Bernard … More Carving

HUMILITY on Zoom Many thanks to all who organized last night’s Oblate presentation on screen. The discussion and especially the main presenter, Jeffrey, led to much reflection. We all perhaps look forward to future reflections in person at the Monastery.

Feast of St. Anselm

Come now, little man,turn aside for a while from your daily employment,escape for a moment from the tumult of your thoughts.Put aside your weighty cares,let your burdensome distractions wait,free yourself awhile for Godand rest awhile in him.Enter the inner chamber of your soul,shut out everything except Godand that which can help you in seeking him.Now, … More Feast of St. Anselm