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Monastic life, like all religious life, is above all a historical response and not a prefabricated model. The Spirit is constant and changing at once, like life, like history, and we must let it change us for this era. We ought not confuse stability with the rigidity of cadavers.
--Simon Pedro Arnold, OSB


2012 Fall/Winter Bulletin

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"I am Joseph, your brother" - (pgs. 2 - 3)
"As we celebrate in the year(s) ahead the 50th anniversary and inspiration of the Second Vati-can Council and the 60th anniversary of our community's founding and its continued process of birthing during the Council years, we rejoice in the profound meaning these celebrations bring to our monastic life . . . " more

Imaginative Beginnings - brother Michael (pgs. 4-5)
"...Here in Weston brother Leo assumed the humble task of doing the community laundry. During this time he wrote an essay entitled "The Abbot is Dead." Certainly as the retired abbot he was not a prisoner of expectations but was enjoying his imaginative beginnings . . . " more

"Yes" from the Beginning - brother Augustine (pgs. 6-7)
". . . In the morning, after chanting the Vigil psalms with brothers at 4:00 A.M. and a quiet period of reflection, I could feel a word beginning to form in my heart-Yes! . . . " more

From the Womb of Vatican II - brother John (pgs. 8-10)
"...By 1964, the Second Vatican Council was in full swing at mid-term. It had begun with the revolutionary document calling for the renewal of the Liturgy, the communal prayer of the Church. The brothers took to heart the call for renewal sent out to the whole Church . . ." more

Watch and Gift of Hope (poems) - brother Augustine and brother Columba (pg. 11)
... more poetry

A Wisdom Event - brother Placid (pg. 12)
". . . someone new in a young monastic community, I suddenly became aware of the enor-mous richness and promise of the rejuvenating call to life and change the Council was offering all of us. I felt it was to encounter the very Spirit of Pentecost. . . " more

Summoning to Council: Pope John XXIII and Weston Priory -
brother Elias (pg. 13)
". . . Pope John XXIII's desire to "launch the Church on an adventure of hope" inspired Benedictines, such as our founder, brother/Abbot Leo, to re-invigorate communities founded in the years just previous to the Council . . . " more

Dance! (poem) - brother Alvaro (pg. 14)
... more poetry

Fresh Beginnings! - brother Daniel (pgs. 15-16)
". . . I was discovering a community which had chosen to be inclusive, recognizing the full equality of women as witnessed by the covenanted relationship with the Mexican sisters. I felt the light and breath of the Spirit..." more

Council & Community - brother Mark (pg. 17)
". . . Vatican II's focus was a response to Pope John XXIII's admonition "to be open to the signs of the times." In much the same way, the Weston community has endeavored to be faithful to the admonition of its founder, brother Leo, "to be open to the Holy Spirit" . . . " more

One Among Many: Rome 2012 - brother Richard (pgs. 18-21)
"In September of this year I had the privilege to represent our monastic community at the Congress of the Benedictine Confederation of Monasteries that is convened every four years at Sant' Anselmo in Rome . . . " more

Of Gratitude, Droplets and Sparrows - brother Peter (pgs. 22-23)
". . . Pope John himself, on the night he announced the convocation of the Council, when he had difficulty falling asleep, reflected "Giovanni, why don't you sleep? Is it the Pope or the Holy Spirit who governs the Church? It's the Holy Spirit, no? Well, then, go to sleep, Giovanni!"..." more

Life Together in One Heart - (pgs. 24-27)
Chronicle: May through December 2012 ... more


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