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"...we have tried
to reach out our hands..."

Weston Benedictine Monks
Journey to Nicaragua
Winter Retreat, 2001

Our journey to Nicaragua:
Introduction

CONTENTS

Many persons have asked us, "Why would you go to Nicaragua for your community retreat?

It is an important question. Why would we leave the quiet of the monastery in order to experience more deeply the lives of unnoticed people in an impoverished country?

While we left the monastery buildings, we journeyed together as a monastic community, bringing with us the values that shape our life. As Benedictine monks, we are committed to the search for the living God, a search that is unpredictable, a search that we know will change us.

We desire to be like the woman in the Gospel of Mark, who approached Jesus, thinking, "If I can only touch the hem of his garment, then I will be healed."

On these journeys to Nicaragua, we, too, have tried to reach out our hands to directly touch the suffering and hope of our sisters and brothers.

In our encounter with these people, so often brushed aside, we have been encountered by the living God, and have been offered the challenges we need for our own conversion.

We were invited to Nicaragua by our Mexican Benedictine sisters, who have two small communities there, and by the people of San Nicolas, an area devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Sharing
Our
Experience

monks, sisters on a bus

Over the next several months, we will tell the story of our journey to Nicaragua on this segment of our web site.

When we discussed our experience together, brothers were invited to write impressions, observations, or reflections on the persons and events that marked our time in Nicaragua. Periodically, we will share these written versions of our conversation, together with photos that we have taken along the way.

group of brothers, sisters

What will follow are fragments of our experience in Nicaragua -- the impressions, observations and reflections of 14 different brothers, each coming from a special perspective.

Sharing the experience, suffering, and hope of this courageous people is an exercise of our monastic commitment of conversatio morum, conversation about the things that really matter. We invite you to join us.


Managua 1988: Our first visit; its purpose

Managua 2001: A very different journey

Barrio Edgar Munguia

Beyond the barrio

Our time in San Nicolas de Oriente

La Garnacha & the Little Brothers of the Gospel

Leaving Nicaragua; Looking back from Vermont

Opening our eyes to the truth: Periodical and internet resources for those who would like to learn more

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