Tuesday 1st. Dom Innocent facilitated a retreat in the north of the province today. Our mail lady recounted her successful moose hunt this morning, as she left our mail. Hunting is part of life still, around here; and family life, at that. Students and faculty, and even some family of faculty from the Emmanuel Baptist Bible Institute were by for an introductory tour of the monastery today. Soon, they will be covering the golden age of monasticism in their history class. The institute is organised to allow students to earn a degree for ministry, while holding down a regular job.
Wednesday 2nd. The greenhouse is being cleaned out at the end of a season. Brother Henry saw a specialist today at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton. Professionalism and informality go hand in hand for the young health professionals of Acadie, to the patients’ good. I described to Henry’s doctor the imminent juice-making operation here, with the down-home set up for making juice. He said this sounded good: medical seal of approval.
Thursday 3rd. With our new Honda in the garage, we set about making juice this morning. The apples look good this year. There was a bit of oil leaking from the apple press, not near the apples thankfully, and the smell of the oil blending with the various apple scents recalled barbecue restaurants we used to eat at. This afternoon, bottle after bottle of juice was put in freezers.
Friday 4th. Brother Léo finds the painting of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux that serves as the cover of this month’s Prions en Église a bit off the mark. Léo is currently re-reading a biography of Thérèse’s sister Céline and quite enjoying it, surprised anew at how difficult Céline’s life was.
Saturday 5th. With the Parish Priest away, I assisted at a burial this morning in Rogersville. It has been decided that we’ll sell the tractor with snow blower at auction, rather than privately. Soon, the auctioneers will arrive to transport the merchandise to their auction facilities. Around the former dairy barn, a road which formerly saw regular traffic of many kinds is quiet, and beginning to grow over a bit with clover and faint patches of grass.
Sunday 6th. The u-pick of apples is ongoing. With a bit of sunshine this morning, two-tone caterpillars were making their way across the warm driveway pave, along with a nice, big spider.
Monday 7th. Our one-month visitor for monastic immersion is a plumber, and today he set about re-doing parts of a shower, which, like others here, can suddenly switch from hot to colder water. He had to break through the stone wall behind the shower pipe, just a bit, and saw, behind the familiar soft- brown stone, coal clinkers used as construction material in the 1920’s.
Tuesday 8th. In Chapter, Dom Innocent decided to resume at some point the reading of our Constitutions at lunch, as postlude to books. Currently, we are hearing read after the main reading the next day’s Roman Martyrology entry, as translated by Father Bede from Latin and Italian.
Wednesday 9th. Our visitor is now tackling a bath tub long unused at the opposite end of the corridor. The room adjoining where the tub is, is an infirmary bedroom in theory, storage (of sorts) in fact, and this week, it began to be cleared out. In the 1990’s, the room also served as a study hall for monks preparing for final vows, and eventual Ordination. Because they found winters indoors studying long, they decorated the room with a nature wallpaper mural, still there. Selective cutting of our trees is ongoing, and right now the machine is in the woods just north of the monastery. Now and then we see lights or the machine itself through the tree line, which will be left intact.
Thursday 10th. The leaves have been taking their time turning color and falling; a dazzling, and dazzlingly quiet time of year.
Friday 11th. A new refectory book has begun, this one is ‘Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill’, and it started off with an assured tone. The last book, ‘First World Flight’, ended with a brilliant sketch of aviation in the United States in the decades following the early aviation period.
Saturday 12th. A second person arrived for a month’s monastic immersion. He is from the United States, and joined right in. To have one more person at Vigils, and on, is quite something, given our small number.
Sunday 13th. At lunch, we listened to Gospel music by Alison Krauss with the Cox Family.