We are most grateful for the many graces of our days of retreat. Father Joseph Jones, CP, an old friend of the community, was our retreat master this year. He is an experienced director and clearly a holy man. Father Joseph said that he was certain that our prayer had supported him in his ministry through the years in the States and abroad. He reminded us repeatedly of the ramifications of our monastic vocation, emphasizing that our faithfulness to the ordinary daily rhythm of work and prayer is a blessing for the Church and all the people of God. Perhaps we monks sometimes forget this.