Friday 1st. The first reading at Mass was Ben Sirach, with highly-developed advice on human relations. With some outside Mass goers also in attendance, the mood changed a bit, just then. The silence seemed more alive, more personal. It reminded me of a Baptist friend who’d tried different Churches down south in the US, even other denominations and told me what counted above all for him in a Church setting was “a holy hush.”
Saturday 2nd. Brothers are standing in for Brother Leo with the meal trolley in the guesthouse. This is a job Leo says he inherited from Father Adelard by accident, one time when Adelard was late arriving at the trolley.
Sunday 3rd. Brothers Glic and Stephan have given our black metal candle holders for Mass a reboot, and this morning six new candles were in place, looking good.
Monday 4th. Brother Stephan replaced the fuse on a wall-mounted geothermal heating unit, in one of our common washrooms. March break is on locally, and the mood in town is relaxed. Among the guests this week there was a small family from Quebec, which shares the same break as New Brunswick.
Tuesday 5th. Father Innocent gave Lenten Chapter. 2019 Lenten reading in common will be on Wednesdays and Fridays after Lauds. Brother Leo went to the village for a check-up with his family doctor; much to be thankful for, and much to go over.
Wednesday 6th. Ash Wednesday. A shipment of honey arrived at the front door this morning, and we were able to hear news of the owner of the apiary we buy from. At Mass today, Father Innocent spoke of the sense of our lives and actions before God, who alone is good.
Thursday 7th. I made my way to the Rogersville public library. It is within a school now closed, but still open not long ago. They were showing videos, and an older couple were taking advantage of computer and internet access.
Friday 8th. Bede got a new chair for the front office, where he happens to be often enough these days. Though Leo seems unchanged personally after taking a pause from his post, the office quickly began to look and feel different. Father Innocent travelled to Quebec by train today.
Saturday 9th. Brother Leo’s new room has a great view on the lake. He looks across for his eagle friend, but he is not there. However, a few birds seemed this week to feel spring was not far, and some of our little insect friends have reappeared downstairs.
Sunday 10th. Brother Leo has been having unusually nice dreams, and is keeping up on things. Father Bede treated us to some nice Italian songs about being Italian at lunch, this seemed to bring Rome and the Romans much closer. Rarely have I heard someone sing with such conviction about the proper way to serve pasta: al dente.
Monday 11th. Brother Stephan cleared snow from parts of the back yard, to enable water from the approaching melt to drain away from the building.
Tuesday 12th. Some guests have returned after twenty years away. They remember especially the Calvaire of the 1970’s and when one fellow began to speak of Dom Alphonse, he looked at me through eyes become young again. A truck full of chicks for our barns arrived today. Liturgically, we are taking a pause from singing at Mass this week.
Wednesday 13th. Brother Leo had an appointment in Newcastle today, and was delighted by the beauty of the town square in the sunlight.
Thursday 14th. News of her death having reached us yesterday evening, Father Bede offered Mass for Colleen Hasler this morning. Through her visits here she had been closely associated with us for many years, and as we prayed and lived today her example and person came to mind in a new way.
Friday 15th. Captive in Iran is the first audio book we’ve heard that is read by a woman, Patty Fogarty. She has her own way of reading so well, bringing the book’s story to life, as to make you forget at times the presence of a reader.
Saturday 16th. The guest book is beginning to fill up with reservations for Easter week. Brother Leo today was remembering Novenas to Saint Joseph from his childhood in Memramcook. He would walk five miles both ways to the Church each day of the novena, with exemption from class for students making the novena.
Sunday 17th. Brother Glic went to the train station this evening to pick up some guests. Unusually for the westbound, the train was two hours late.