as we have
before, looks forward not only to the birth of Jesus but to all the
events and seasons of his time on earth
his passion, death, resurrection and
sending of the Spirit. So it moves us to
consider the span of our lives and our times and the seasons we have
through. In addition, here at
Suffering in itself has no value but suffering shared with Christ’s passion is his wonderful gift. How can we describe this sharing? It is impossible in human language. We participate in God’s redemptive work.
That is how it gets accomplished. But we can’t say: “We did it”. And we’d better not say to God: “Do it yourself!”. In the Epistle to the Ephesians, the relationship between Christ and the Church is so close it can be portrayed in terms of a marriage and can even provide the model for intimacy between husbands and wives.<>I mention this connection of suffering and hope because of what Christ went through and what many people may have to go through in the days and years ahead. Our suffering won’t be any less difficult to bear but the knowledge that we can somehow share it with Christ can make our afflictions almost a joy. The message of Colossians is important because it manifests the mystery that Christ is in us, our hope for glory. Our courageous perseverance in this belief and the hope it brings will give us not only a Merry Christmas but the courage to persevere to the end and to encourage one another in same joyful hope.><>
I leave the last word to
Paul Claudel: “Jesus did not come to
explain away suffering
or remove it. He came to fill it with
the month of March, The Friends of Mount Saviour
the book Called to Participate by Mark Searle. Each
guest lecturer made a presentation to enable fruitful
Martin, Rev. Han van den Blink and Dr. Patricia Schoelles,
ssj, (pictured above) and John Boler.
During the month of March, The Friends of Mount Saviour studied the book Called to Participate by Mark Searle. Each Sunday, a guest lecturer made a presentation to enable fruitful discussions: Fr. Martin, Rev. Han van den Blink and Dr. Patricia Schoelles, ssj, (pictured above) and John Boler.
This year’s garden was deliberately downsized but still produced 1500 lbs. of fresh organic vegetables for the monastery. The stellar producer was potatoes. From 10 lbs. of seed potatoes we reaped a bounty of over 450 lbs! Tomatoes, which we still had fresh until after Thanksgiving, added another 475lbs.
this year too; not by us but by nature. We still had a respectfully
and manageable crop of almost 9,000 lbs. of apples which, thanks again to many volunteer guest helpers, was picked in a
of less than two weeks. Working against record heat for early Oct. our
team, Brs. John, Thomas and Roger, pressed over 400 gallons of cider.
we didn’t raise any beef cattle this year the apple pomace was given to
sheep instead. Our flock quickly adjusted to the unexpected addition to
diet and came running to meet Br. Thomas whenever they heard the
with another load!
Future Events for 2008
> <>The Sundays of Lent beginning Sunday Feb 10th we will have Centering Prayer – 5:30 to 6:00 followed by Vespers at 6:00 pm. This will be open to the public. More information will be available closer to Lent. For other events regarding Centering Prayer, contact Deacon George Welch at (607) 733-6541
May 4th – Kevin Seasoltz will be giving the 6th Annual Damasus Winson Lecure series.OBLATES: we may need to contact you in the future for upcoming oblate events. If you would like to be contacted for these events, please send you email address to Fr. Martin at email@example.com .
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also in your estate planning and will. Our legal title is -
The Benedictine Foundation of New York State.
Mount Saviour Monastery
231 Monastery Rd.
Pine City NY 14871-9787
Phone: (607) 734-1688
Fax: (607) 734-1689