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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

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Highlights from the Spring/Summer 2008 Bulletin

The Renewal of Life Simply Bursting Forth ( pages 1 - 2 )
"In this beautiful spring season-season of the Spirit of Pentecost and new life-we send the warmth of peace and hope in the midst of a world so full of turmoil . . ." (more)

Making a Pilgrimage - Sister Laura Bufano, CSJ ( pages 3-6 )
"Over two years ago I was asked . . . to consider writing about the experience of working with the brothers at Weston Priory on the recording, 'Pilgrimage of the Heart'. . ." (more)

Creating with One Another - Brother Richard ( pages 7-8 )
". . . so many friends have come our way, offering gifts that have blessed and enhanced our life and witness. . . The friendship and joy of the "collaboration" that Sister Laura recounts in these pages has been a gift in our community life and in the sharing of our most recent music. . ." (more)

Fragments of Easter Bread - Brother Philip ( pages 9-13 )
"The brothers have invited me to share some reflections flowing from my continuing experience of living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). . . More than the "power of positive thinking," we discover ourselves challenged to descend into the deeper, until-now-avoided places of our shared humanity. I am learning that there is nothing heroic, stoic, easy, or (I pray) melodramatic about this downward path. It is not an accomplishment to brag about, but always grace/gift. And as gift, it becomes a task for living. . ." (more)

Brother Alvaro's Solemn Monastic Profession ( pages 14-15 )
We invite you to share our joy. . . . (more)

Life Together in One Heart
(Chronicle: December, 2007, to May, 2008
( pages 16-22 )
We share the ongoing chronicle of our monastic life as a community of brothers seeking God in today's world. . . (more)

Is Not Life a Gift? - Brother Columba ( Poem, page 23 )
(more poetry)

For brother Philip - Brother John ( Poem, page 24 )
(more poetry)

Om mane padme hum - Brother John ( Poem, page 24 )
(more poetry)

A Moment for Generalities - Brother Augustine ( Poem, page 25)
(more poetry)



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