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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
In these days as we celebrate the feast of Saint Benedict, we would like to say simply and clearly that, "Black Lives Matter." Benedict always encouraged the monks to speak simply and clearly and as so many persons speak out and march, we would like to be a part of the movement. Having our guest houses closed does not mean that we have shut ourselves into a private, little world. The opposite may even be truer.
It may come as a surprise to many that in June we had two weeks of "Retreat." We change our daily schedule a bit. For instance, our first prayer is at 8:00 am rather than at 6:00 am. It's not that we sleep more, though sometimes we do, but that the shaking of the routine allows for new creativity and new ways of listening that can be surprising. But the most important dimension of the retreat is having time to reflect together and share on heart-felt, emotional levels how we are presently experiencing our life. Two main topics during the days included our response to the pandemic, and the other was Racism.
To be able to share on a feeling level keeps the community strong and healthy, and we encourage everyone to find ways to express what lies inside us. Psychological health is crucial during this time.
In our Refectory we continue to have reading at lunch and supper. Two very good books that we have recently read include: "Martin Buber - A life of faith and dissent" by Paul-Mendes Flohr. Martin Buber is the author of the book, "I and Thou" and to learn more about his life is very illuminating. Also, "Horizon" by Barry Lopez, the author of the famous book, "Arctic Dreams." This book is a way to travel around the world, including the Galapagos Islands and Africa, in the safety of a comfortable chair. Since we cannot physically travel this is a way to broaden our imagination. Before the pandemic we read Jim Wallis' book, "America's Original Sin - Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America" and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
We hold you in our prayer and remember you: "Our absent brothers and sisters."
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
In this pandemic
We hear your voice
calling us to be gentle
At home: We hope that you are enjoying our new website. Since our guest houses remain closed, as well as the Gallery Shop, and there is no public prayer we thought that a way to reach out to our world would be to renew our site.
We are all well, and are very happy that our brother Peter is healing and getting much stronger after his double by-pass heart surgery. The pigs and new chicks for laying eggs have arrived. We will not be having rabbits this year, but brothers are busy converting the "Rabbit Barn" into a barn for meat chickens, and they should be here soon also.
Brother John has been cutting our grass with a battery-powered mower which is very quiet, and the silence of this time is calling all of us to greater creativity and peacefulness. We are blessed with the presence of each other. We do miss our gathering at our public prayer, but we remember, "Our absent brothers and sisters," with a fullness of heart, and a deep hope that in the Spirit we find our common heart.
It is Spring
we look forward to planting
The red tulips
by the pond
The Mexican Sisters: All of the sisters are safe and well in Mexico, although the country is really suffering and the hospitals are overwhelmed. They stay at home, two sisters go out to buy the food, and like all the peoples of the world, wait for a new time with hope.
The Suesa Sisters: As Spain slowly moves out from a very strict lockdown they are still afraid that many of the openings are being dictated by economics, rather than care for people.