We had our annual retreat from Jan. 3rd. to the 7th. Fr. Justin
, from St. Vincent's Archabbey commented on the icon
of the Transfiguration by Roublev and the painting of the crucifixion
by Grunewald. On Jan. 11th, the monks were invited at the ladies' guesthouse
for a "high tea" by Maureen Cadley
. We are grateful that the
furnaces kept running properly during this cold month of abundant snow.
Emmaus Experience II
From Jan. 16 through the 19th., thirty-three persons gathered at Mt. Saviour
Monastery to take the Emmaus Walk...a journey with Luke 24: 13-35. Together,
participants explored this Scripture through the eyes of several presenters,
including Tony Bartlett
of the Syracuse-based Wood Hath Hope Community,
of Elmira, and Dan and Gail Mandell
of South Bend,
Indiana. Jon Scouten
of Rochester and Pat Ladley
rounded out the roster of presenters who challenged the gathered community
to reflect anew on the meaning of the Emmaus story in Luke 24: 13-35. Through
small and large group discussions, communal and private prayer, table fellowship
and shared chores, participants sought to discover ways in which they could
live out the challenge of this Gospel. The Experience concluded on Monday
morning with time to reflect on these questions:
What have I learned on this Emmaus Walk?
What am I willing to do about it?
"Newspaper headlines" generated by each triad of persons proclaimed the
good news of choices made by each one to respond to the energizing of
the Spirit on this cold winter weekend. It was overwhelmingly
agreed to continue the Emmaus Gathering. In the words of two participants,:
"The Communal aspect was a great model for the Christian life" and
"The overall value is the sense of community in a Christian setting
and in Christian language."
The next Emmaus Experience (III) will take place at Mt. Saviour Monastery
on October 8,9,10,11, 2004. Participants in Emmaus I and II, as well
as others who may be interested, are welcome to the Fall Gathering. Contact
Pat Ladley (firstname.lastname@example.org
) / 607-734-9690 if you wish to be notified about the Emmaus III Experience.