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Junior Directors Meet at Mepkin

Abby with Bonitas, Dick, Barbara, Thomas, James

Abby with Bonitas, Dick, Barbara, Thomas, James

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.

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Mepkin announces dates for Creche Festival

The 13th Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival will be held from November 16 – 22, 2015 and from November 26 – December 5, 2015.

Further information, times and registration will be available on Mepkin’s web site starting October 1,2015.

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Mepkin sends letter to Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston

Mother Emanuel – Letter PDF

June 20, 2015

Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church
Charleston, SC

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The hearts of the monks of Mepkin Abbey have embraced and surrounded you ever since we heard of the tragedy of the night of June 17. This deed, “beyond incomprehension”, has been the subject of our prayer and tears and groanings. We stand with you and by your side as you grieve your loved ones and comfort one another with the balm of faith and your commitment to the love of the Lord Jesus.

You are an inspiration to all of us as your individual and Church response to this massacre has been to offer forgiveness to the one who has inflicted you with such heartbreak. This is what we hear in the Scriptures and in the Church day in and day out. Forgiveness and mercy are the first message of Jesus on the day of his Resurrection, as they were from his Cross. May your Light continue to shine brightly in all the darkness this tragedy has brought upon us. All we can say is “Thank You”, “Thank You”, “Thank You”, for this incredible witness. May new life spring up for you, for our beloved City, Lowcountry and State from the seeds of Love you are planting with your words and actions. The Face of Christ has never shone out with more splendor. Through you, may Jesus inspire us to look deeply into our hearts, to confront the darkness, prejudice and hate we find there, and to work with all our energy to make our city and our state a place of reconciliation. A place where we see each other as brothers and sisters under the Fatherhood of God.

We pledge ourselves to work more closely with one of your daughter churches, Emmanuel A.M.E. of Cordesville, just a few miles down the road from our Abbey, to make this a reality in our local community here.

We pledge our support as well to you, Mother Emanuel, in whatever way we may help.

Your brothers in the Lord Jesus,

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Job 38:1, 8-11;  II Corinthians 5:14-17;  Mark 4:35-41

Be still, my soul: the Lord is at your side…. Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end…. Be still, my soul…. Be still, my soul…. Be still, my soul.

What amazing words we sang after our five minutes of reflection and prayer on the tragedy which has occurred in our midst in these last days.  What a powerful Gospel to hear on this first Sunday after such a senseless massacre of human life in our city.  Quiet, be calm, be still, Jesus cries out.  Can we hear him?  Can we repeat: Be still, my soul…. Be still, my soul when everything within us is in turmoil, in anguish, in deep sorrow and deep anger?  There is only one thing that gets us through these kinds of tragedies: our faith.  As we sang last night: when we pass through the storms of life, increase our little faith.  These are not our words to others, these are words to ourselves.  We are not preaching to others, we are speaking to our own souls: Be still, my soul: the Lord is at your side…. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.

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