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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 Spring/Summer Bulletin

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Transitions: Crises of Growth - (pgs. 2 - 3)
"With the celebration of Pentecost and marking the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II this year, we are recalling the importance of this Council as a Pentecost event for the life of the church and for our own monastic life . . . In this issue of the bulletin, our brothers reflect on past and present transitions in their/our life as community and recognize the risks and opportunities for growth and new vision . . . " more

Surface Changes - brother Peter (pgs. 4-5)
"I delight in the wonder wrought on the surface of our back pond . . . the pond surface has become a parable of our life and monastic profession . . . " more

Learning the Gospel from the Animals - brother Daniel (pgs. 6-7)
"The grace of working with the sheep, the llama, and the bees in the context of our community life has been truly a blessing and an invitation to observe, to be attentive and to reflect on the meaning of life . . . " more

Compassionate Connections - brother Michael (pgs. 8-9)
"As we move through life there are constant changes . . . We start to wonder about compassion. Life offers us alternatives that we can choose. We form patterns upon which we build our future choices . . ." more

In Flower and Song (poem) - brother Augustine (pg. 10)
more poetry

Monastic Community Life: Today & Tomorrow - brother Mark (pg. 11)
"The Benedictine monastic life as we are living it here at Weston is a wholesome, balanced, growthful and gifting alternative way of living out the values of the Gospel of Jesus. Our privilege and responsibility is to live our values faithfully . . . " more

Patterns and Growth in Spirituality - brother John (pgs. 12 - 16)
"A recent visitor to the Priory commented . . . that what attracts her is that she finds that the Priory is always the same and yet is always new . . . From the earliest days of the Priory's existence, Abbot Leo taught that the Rule of Benedict inspired by the Gospels is the stable pattern for monastic life. He wisely added that the Community should remain open to the Spirit . . . " more

Stability and Change - brother Columba (pg. 17)
"When visitors first arrive at the Priory they are frequently surprised by the number of activities and varieties of work that engage the brothers. Both continuity and change have characterized work at the Priory since the days of our founding . . . " more

Zacchaeus (poem) - brother Daniel (pgs. 18 - 19)
A playful poem: "Zacchaeus" in Hebrew means "pure and right living". He did not start that way. He changed! more poetry

Life Together in One Heart - (pgs. 20 - 23)
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