Is 35:4-7; Psalm 145; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37
The promises of the first reading are arresting, consoling, comforting, encouraging and — fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We don’t have to take time over a Christology lesson here. The first reading and gospel make us feel we are at Christmas Eve mass at Mepkin with the cornucopia of promise and fulfillment readings that usher us into our celebration of Jesus’ nativity!! And so our souls give praise to God for loving us and acting in our behalf as demonstrated in Jesus’ birth, ministry, passion, death, resurrection, ascension and sending forth the Spirit.Read More »
At times it seems there is a collective sigh going up from God’s people and a little moaning attached to the question: “Why aren’t there more vocations in the church today?” Everyone has a call. God is certainly inviting some to marriage, some to single life, some to vowed life as a religious sister or brother in apostolic service, some to priesthood, and yes, some to the monastic way.
God has not stopped calling. We acknowledge there are generous men and women seeking to know God’s will in their lives. We sense there is something amiss – perhaps lacking. And we wonder what to do.Read More »
On the eve of the Solemnity if the Assumption during chapter and before Compline, Abbot Stan clothed Brother Juan and Brother Martin in the novice habit. Having listened to a reading of a portion of the Prologue and chapter 72 of the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Abbot instructed our brothers in the way of life to which they are giving themselves, exhorting them to be men of prayer, study, regard for their brothers and resolved to constant mindfulness of God.Read More »
With great joy, the Mepkin Community welcomed the Junior Directors of the USA Region to Mepkin from July 20 – 26 for their 2015 meeting. They shared our life for this week, coming to our celebration of the Hours and Mass and eating with us. Our meals were especially enjoyed by all as we had speaking meals each day for our main meal at noon and for supper. Breakfast remained in silence.
A further joy was that each evening before Compline two of the directors spoke to the Mepkin community about their own Houses.
Those present were: Father Thomas of Vina, California; Father Dick of Guadalupe, Oregon; Mother Gail of Mississippi, Iowa; Father Carlos of Gethsemani, Kentucky; Brother Cassian of Conyers, Georgia; Sister Barbara of Crozet, Virginia; Father James of Spencer, Massachusetts; and Sister Bonitas of Wrentham, Massachusetts.Read More »