Thursday 1st. Rain hitting the remaining snow in the fields produced a nice, rolling mist this morning, as we prepared for Holy Thursday Mass, practicing a Gloria we do not often sing.   Friday 2nd. Our cats are finding life more interesting, as more emerges from under…

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Monday 1st. While February had none, March has several anniversaries for the monks, today being the day Dom Innocent began monastic life in 1987, later becoming a novice, and pronouncing his first vows on the same date. Tuesday 2nd. There was a sub-zero rainbow under clear skies this morning after Lauds: an unusual winter sight.…

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Monday 1st. We each received little memorial cards with Brother Henry’s photo, and the write-up from the Order’s website. The photo was taken as part of promotions for our centenary, in 2002. Tuesday 2nd. In Chapter this morning of the Presentation, Dom Innocent read extracts from Pope Francis’ thoughts on the religious life. Francis takes…

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  Friday 1st. In Chapter, the brief greetings, one of another seemed to outshine the review of the year past which followed. Soon we were at Mass once again, and midday found us thankfully sharing a festive meal. Saturday 2nd. The eagle oversaw a snow fall, from his usual branch. Our Sisters across the way…

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Tuesday 1st. In Chapter, Dom Innocent commented the Rule’s teaching on the artisans of the monastery, a subject that sheds light on monastic life all around. Edmundo joined us in Chapter. As the new barn reaches completion, new lights can be seen there at night, eight to the side, along the building, with additional lighting…

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Sunday 1st. Our monastery celebrated 118 years today. We also posed for community photos. It has been quite a while since we last tried this, and there were two sessions. At a brief meeting before Vespers, Dom Innocent read us the Lukan Beatitudes, as a counterpoint to Matthew’s version this morning, and our retreat began.…

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Thursday 1st. Bede is busy enough, in terms of addressing requests for retreat bookings, within the parameters of restricted numbers. Happily, the guest house remains relaxed and prayerful. Friday 2nd. It is oddly consoling to spend a few minutes back in 2008, thanks to Michelle Obama’s book, and its account of the run-up to Barrack…

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Tuesday 1st. In Chapter today, Dom Innocent announced the committee’s ideas for changes to our Liturgy. Most of the changes are slight simplifications of what we are doing presently, to reflect our smaller numbers. Wednesday 2nd. Apples may be a little smaller this year due to the lack of rain, but they are numerous, and…

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Saturday 1st. Two kittens were playing this evening on the little mound of earth dug up next to the monastery, an initial look underground for the wastewater project. To the east, the new chicken barn is now showing wood, and the outline of two floors.    Sunday 2nd. A new dishwasher has been installed in the…

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Wednesday 1st.  Though it was Canada Day today, the fellow doing the demolition could be seen pivoting on his truck, working away. Despite dark clouds, sudden wind, and several drops, no real rain fell again today. At Vespers, there did seem to be a sound of thunder, but it was actually the sound of a…

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