Thursday, May 26, 2011
He is hidden.
Saint John of the Cross
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Brother James assists Father Laurence the Abbey archivist. Father Laurence in his nineties still goes to his work in the archives each morning.
A monk follows the common life in his monastery. The law of the common life is this: unity of spirit in the charity of God, the bond of peace in the mutual and unbroken love of all the brothers, communion in sharing all goods.
from the Constitutions of the Monks
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Virgin and Child with Two Angels; Verocchio, c. 1475
Text: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We still use some of the ancient Trappist sign language. The sign for God is the thumbs of both hands touching each other with the index fingers touching and pointing upward- a triangle for the Blessed Trinity. The sign for bread is the same joining of the hands making this triangular shape but pointing outward and parallel to a table top- the shape of a wedge of fresh bread. It is delightful to notice the similarity. God is our Life, our true Bread, our Nourishment on the way.