Sidney CallahanMount Saviour Monastery

September 2001

Sidney Callahan on Suffering and Joy:
A long-time columnist of Commonweal magazine gave us a foretaste of her next book on "Suffering and Joy".  I was inspired by the death of a daugter in law who had a month old baby.  The lecture came after the tragedy in New York city.  The topic covers many emotions and leaves many mysterious questions.  We can always refer to Christ who went through all the human feelings by his incarnation.  The photo shows Sidney Callahan with Dr. Anthony Ciccariello after the lecture.

This month, Br. James Kelly spent a couple weeks in Germany as military chaplain.  He was familiar with the place where he served for many years.  During his visit, the military base was on high alert because of the tragedy in New York City.  The New York oblates held their seasonal meeting as usual with the help of Fr. Martin.

Sr. Marie JulianneSr. Marie Julianne Farrington, SSMN on Simplicity:
The second lecture of the month by Sr. Marie Julianne dealt with a theme dear to Fr. Damasus.  She knew him and established a house of prayer on our grounds for her sisters who were active in education. She touched on the external and interior aspects of simplicity.   Silence is important in our quest for simplicity; we give primacy to the holy.  In practice, we stand under the Word of God, we are defined and refined by God.  Being realy present  where we are and paying attention are some of the characteristics.   Integration and wholeness can make us better receiver of the "agape".  The picture shows Sr. Marie Julianne in front of Fr. Martin.

Coming Events:
Sunday, October 7th at 3pm, Amor Artis.  They will perform at the Clemens Center in Elmira. (Ticket prices range from $5-$15.). This well-known Manhattan group was founded and is directed by Johannes Somary who is chairman of the Arts and Music Department of Horace Mann School in NYC and has conducted orchestral and choral groups extensively throughout this country and Europe.  He is also a composer of liturgical (and other) music, including the Advent "O Antiphons" for the monks at Mt. Saviour.  The group will sing at the 9 am Mass at the monastery and the monks will begin the program at the Clemens Center by chanting None.

Saturday, October 13th.  Solemn Profession of Br. William Uiting during mass at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 16th at 7pm, John T. Noonan Jr.  He has served as Judge on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1986.  He is Robbins Professor Emeritus at Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkely and holds a doctorate in philosophy from Catholic University in addition to his law degree from Harvard.  He is the author of prize-winning work in history, philosophy and theology, including: "Contraception," "Bribes," "The Antelope: The Ordeal of the Recaptured Africans in the Administration of James Monroe and John Quincy Adams," and "The Lustre of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom."
Sunday, October 21st at 4:30pm, Fr. David Burrell, C.S.C.  He will speak on "Faith as a Way of Knowing: John of the Cross and Edith Stein." Fr. Burrell is currently Theodore Hesburgh Professor in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame and has been asked to direct the University's Jerusalem program, housed at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute each spring until 2004.  His interest in comparative issues in philosophical theology in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is reflected in "Knowing the Unknowable God: Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas," and  "Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions."

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