Mount Saviour Monastery
So far the winter was not too harsh on us;
we did not get 7 feet of snow like Buffalo. The worst storm gave
us 7 inches of light snow. We are blessed with beautiful sunrise
during these months of grey weather and withered vegetation. On Sunday,
Jan. 6th, we were invited at St. Gertrude's guest house by Maureen Cadley
for high tea. She knows well how to present that British custom.
Fr. Alexis Foyo, osb returned to his monastery, Prince
of Peace in Oceanside, CA. While here, he helped with priestly
duties, painted icons and did chores that the
community shares. He was greatly appreciated for taking part in the
pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella with the
friends of the monastery. The Abbot of St. Meinrad was due to give
us our annual retreat. He had to cancel after the unexpected death
of one of his monks. We took some days for community discussions
to review our values and practice of the principles handed down by our
founders. Abbot John-Eudes Bamberger, ocso from Our Lady of
the Genesee Abbey, who retired
recently, accepted to give us a few conferences: Our call to perfection
found in the scriptures and its practice is in the Beatitudes. Love
the highest command. Love is a power that leads to a happy life.
When we are loved, we are energized. For S. John,
spiritual light. Only God is better than life. Joy is the
fruit of love and fulfilment. We rejoice always because the Lord
is near. Joy is an experience of a happy life. All Christians
are called to a process of transformation as we long to be face
to face with our God.
On January 29th, Fr. Martin went to New Orleans
for the annual meeting of the Benedictine superiors.
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