Today a special day showing us God’s true desire
(Mercy Sunday 2020)
I am reliving these moments with Our Lady. With great longing, I am waiting for the Lord’s coming. Great are my desires. I desire that all humankind come to know the Lord. I would like to prepare all nations for the coming of the Word Incarnate. O Jesus, make the fount of Your mercy gush forth more abundantly, for humankind is seriously ill and thus has more need than ever of Your compassion. You are a bottomless sea o
Psychic wounds are invisible to the casual observer
The cost of war is high. During the time that our men and women are fighting, there is concern, worry, and support for them. What is very common, however, is, that after these same men and women are released from active duty they are often forgotten.
Psychic wounds are invisible to the casual observer, and many of our veterans carry a heavy burden of pain. I see many of them when I take my brother to the VA for his appointments. My brothe
This crisis can deepen our faith
The author of this piece has given permission for me to use this and to pass it on. It is a good read for Christians, for those who believe in the Eucharist espiecally.--Br.MD
Sr. Anne Marie of Jesus
It’s hard to overstate the crushing trauma and demoralization, the numbing shock, and the paralyzing fear the apostles experienced as they watched the sufferings and death of Jesus unfold before them in a quick succession of sudden and violent events. Onc
The Rock Rolled Away
How do you measure infinite love,
its heat hotter than the sun,
yet a cooling balm to our hearts as well.
The tome dark and desolate
suddenly filled with light
all shadows dispersed forever.
the rock rolled away,
Roman guards confounded.
Who would have thought?
"Where sir, have you placed the body?"
Tombs are cold, dark, no sound, just empty silence
(Holy Saturday 2020)
A Black-hole is what death is,
everything dragged into its nothingness,
all of our loved ones, young and old,
none are spared this process than none really want,
we dance around this endless, bottomless pit,
yet we know we all fall in, disappearing forever
from this world.
So Jesus is now on this day, one with all of us,
he went walked his last mile, in pain, and infamy,
giving his last drop of blood and in that
Sweating blood, Jesus prayed
"Father take this chalice from me,
Yet, not my will, but thine be done."
Christ Jesus received silence to his request,
so he bore the suffering, died, and was buried.
Yet it is not the end, no matter the appearance,
but actually the beginning for all of us.
Trust is hard, just think upon Jesus
as he allowed himself to believe and trust
against all that seemed true but was a lie--Br.MD
Sitting with an elderly monk on Good Friday
Br. Alan, entered the Monastery in 1948, so he is one of our seniors, in fact, the oldest member of our community at this time. He is one of those people who age slowly. Until he was around 93 he would still get around with no need of help. When he was in his 80’s he zipped around like a young man. He always had a fast walk and loved to work. He was also our accountant for many years.
His years have caught up with him, so he is now full time
Hearing the voice
We all listen to a central voice. It may not always be conscious, but we are all led in one way or another. The ‘voice’ of one's cultural, or political party or faith can have a powerful hold on people. All can be destructive as can be attested to by observing the world around us, almost instantly, though our ability to communicate almost instantly. We can be overwhelmed by so many voices trying to get our attention. Yet we each at a very deep level do listen to one vo
Deepening our love of the Eucharist
The abbot gave a beautiful homily today at our 5 PM Holy Thursday service. First of all, the community understands the suffering and longing that many are feeling for the Eucharist. Perhaps for many, even the most devout, this may be the first time this is being experienced.
The Abbot asked us to think of our church, our big beautiful church, without the Eucharist. It would be a different sort of space. True, it would still be a sacred spac
Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s, C N A’s, Firemen, and Policemen and Woman
let us not forget them
It was after compline, and I was preparing to go to bed when I got an important phone call from a very dear friend of mine. Dr. Glen Johnson is a Cardiologist and lives in New Orleans. I met him in the year 2000 when he helped me out when I really needed some medical attention. He knew it even before I did.
I stayed at his place for a week after the procedure I needed, and during that time I
Trust/Friendship/God/one large circle
March 9—Le Fresne church. “Don’t have a care in the world unless it be the fear of offending Me. Everything is in My hand and I am all-Power. Don’t be afraid of focusing all your attention on Me and what concerns Me. Call back your wandering thoughts so that they follow My way only. Learn to control your mind, and center everything in Me. Take My strength for this, the strength I had in the wilderness to ward off hunger. . . . “Oh, My dear little girl, you
Wearing a cowl can be interesting
Cowls are in reality our religious habits, but we only use them in the colder months. We are also buried in them.
There can be some humorous moments in dealing with these garments.
One morning, I got up late and was rushing to make it on time to 'vigils'. So I hurriedly put on my cowl. I was having trouble getting in over my head and got frustrated. I then realized that I was trying to get my large head into the sleeve. So I pulled it of
Rooted in Christ Jesus we stand firm,
when the earth shakes,
and the waves come,
in the midst of suffering
and yes loss
the living waters give us fortitude,
and in that inner strength
we learn to show love and compassion to all--Br.MD
Don't grade yourself when praying
I sat to pray today, tried to meditate,
could sit for a few minutes and then my mind
was all over the map. I also fell asleep for a bit.
I can always tell, my neck hurt..
So I got our my rosary and begun the round,
slowly, and I settled in for a bit,
then I yawned, and wondered what time it was,
waiting for the five minute warning bell for Vespers,
it took forever to ring, but I moved on to the next prayer.
Finally the warning bell rang, and
It continues to tighten its grip Covid19
The abbot came and saw me today alerting me that after talking to our family doctor, and consulting with a few other professionals, we are going to close our church to the public. He was told that having the back of our church open as this crisis develops could endanger those who come out to the Monastery grounds.
So this Holy Week is going to be much different than we have ever experienced as a community for the last 60 years. It is double sided
The abbot is asking the brothers to give a talk at chapter on how the Covid19 virus is affecting them. I gave my talk this morning. He understands that this world wide event will have long-lasting effects on each monk, the community, as well as the world, and i would think, the church itself.
Taking life for granted
Chapter talk on Covid-19 given 3/29/20
Most people seek happiness. This elusive state can
Alleluia by Leonard Cohen a powerful prayer
The song alleluia by Leonard Cohen is very touching. Today, someone pointed out a video on you-tube for me to see, of a young man singing this song from the balcony of his apartment. He was singing to uplift the spirits of his neighbors. I was deeply touched by the act of kindness, but also the power of the song.
Probably for the first time in my life, when seeing something on the internet, or reading about it in the newspapers, I am finding
Love is a ‘Thirst’
My Son as God has always looked beyond time. I, as his mother, see-through him through his time. I see beautiful things and bad things. But I see that there is love and it must be made sure that it is made manifest. My children, you cannot be happy if you do not love one another if you do not have love in every situation and in every moment of your life. And I as a mother come to you through love.—14th March Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje
Love in this world is v
The starkness stands out,
I feel like a mouse,
by an invisible cat,
feeling its presence,
yet it eludes me.
I hate the feeling, Lord,
being in an open field,
no place to hide,
yet it is life as it has always been.
The starkness stands out,
as well as life's fragility,
so I do the best I can,
work in our infirmary,
be present for those i
live with and love.
Truly like flowers of the field
The experience of fatigue as a way of prayer
Fatigue will sometimes lift if we pray, perhaps because we are praying truly for the love of God, this forgetting of self can help to relieve anxiety and fear, which can reduce anger that is often fed by these painful experiences. Trust is a choice, so choose, go deeper, become freer, and allow grace to do it's work. Even if fatigue is not lifted, it is the struggle that leads us closer to the Lord--Br.MD
Rethinking our lives
In this time of crisis is allowing the community to also rethink our own lives and how we live out our community values as monks. It is making us more aware of our connection with the world, and how we need to connect through prayer and to be available to those we know and love who live near us.
Everything in this world is fragile, can easily break and die. As we are seeing now with the whole world seeming to stop. Sports canceled, restaurants closing, empty highways
For many non- Catholics the importance of the Eucharist is not understood. In fact, many Catholics do not fully understand the great gift that this sacrament is.
Mark Mallett I believe is a prophet for our times. One of many I believe. He writes mostly for Catholics, however many non-Catholics and even those on a path other than Christianity, may find him helpful in understanding what is going on today.
This essay that I am sharing here by posting the web address, i
Fear can make a big impression
Fear really does little good when it comes to our dealings with others. Fear can make a big impression and bring forth all kinds of reactions that don’t last. There is a reason why it says in the Scriptures that “Fear is the beginning of wisdom”. It can bring change, but fear wears off and then rebellion comes in. There is a reason that Jesus revealed to us the nature of God’s love; it is brought forth in the parable of the Prodigal Son. The Father’s reactio