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

Saint Joseph

A simple man and good he watched the sunbegin its slow and winter creep,and wondered at the numbing night now doneand if his wife had caught a bit of sleep.And jumped: was that the baby he just heardor just the gurgle of a waking bird?No, neither bird nor baby would it seem—that voice again, the … More Saint Joseph

Blessings on the Feast of the Patroness of Benedictine Oblates-St Frances of Rome

Greetings Oblates and Professed Brothers & Sisters, Happy Feast Day!  St Frances of Rome – March 9th Patroness of Benedictine Oblates  Although during Lent, feast days are often subsumed by our Lenten fasting, prayers, works of charity, and our preferential option to serve the anawim of God, I’d like to not forget St. Frances of Rome, … More Blessings on the Feast of the Patroness of Benedictine Oblates-St Frances of Rome

Psalm 31: 21-24

The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine has asked for Christians to recite Psalm 31 aloud. (This is only a small piece of it below) Ukraine has a sizable Jewish minority of at least 50,000 people. Historically the Jewish people have faced a lot of persecution under Russian rule.  Psalm 31 21-24 21 Praise be to the … More Psalm 31: 21-24