The third week of the Monastic Institute followed the same program as the previous two weeks, but with a different speaker. Mother Rebekka Willekes gave a daily talk and covered such topics as desire, the founders of the Cistercian order and Asceticism, the Psalms, Lectio Divina, the Jesus Prayer, and prayer from the heart. Each night, there was a question and answer session with the participants. On Saturday, July 21, Isaac, Joachim, Michelle, and John shared at the Chapter meeting their experiences of the week gone by and of the Institute to date.
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
To donate online, click here, or you may send a check to Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
Thank you and God bless you and your loved ones.
Fr. Joe Tedesco
Superior, Mepkin Abbey
Vocation Thought for the Day
“What an honor to be loved by God. What joy to know that the reason God brought me into existence is to love me for all eternity. What a responsibility to show God that I understand and how much I need to choose carefully how to show God that I understand.”