|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
--Simon Pedro Arnold, OSB
Highlights from the Spring/Summer 2006 Bulletin
". . . what we need are bridges: points of connection between nations, cultures, and races; places of sharing, where the dignity of the other is respected, and the needs of the poor redressed. Yet, as we write, our nation is gripped by the passions of xenophobia, the fear of the other. . ."
"Our monastic ancestors fashioned a way of life in which men and women-day by day-might become more receptive to God's promise and gift . . . They entered onto this Way, not because it was meant for them alone, or because they were "special," but because it was purely and simply the Gospel path they shared with every follower of Jesus . . . As companions with you on the Way, we share some of the highlights of our life since we last wrote to you."
by Gerardo Thijssen
"The North Americans participating in these programs learn to appreciate the communitarian culture of our Mexican people, and to experience first-hand the poverty to which the people are subjected . . . Yet even more, the participants come to realize how these very same poor are the bearers of a hope for a new kind of world, one that is more humane and less self-centered."
by Sister Patricia Henry, OSB
"With great expectation we prepared for the visit of our brothers from Weston and our Spanish-speaking sisters from four communities . . . participating in the life, dreams, and concerns of the monks from Weston Priory and the sisters and brothers who gathered on an informal basis to reflect on the meaning of monastic life in the twenty-first century."
A Selection of Poetry:
Cloud of Mercy - Brother John
Spring's Glory Unfolding - Brother Columba
On a Fragrant June Day - Brother Augustine
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