NOVEMBER 2021

  Monday 1st. At All Saints Mass offertory, Brother Stephan played Leonard Cohen’s Alleluia on the organ. As Stephan observed at lunch, this day next year, the community will be celebrating its 120th anniversary. Nothing is planned yet for marking the milestone. When we turned a hundred, the year was peppered with special events, including…

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OCTOBER 2021

  Friday, October 1st. With grace, a heron flew just over the lake’s surface, and out of sight. I don’t often see them here.  Saturday, October 2nd. At Mass, Brother Stephan once again sang at the organ for communion; a contemporary hymn adds a different light to the whole celebration. Sunday, October 3rd. At lunch,…

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SEPTEMBER 2021

  Wednesday 1st. The dishwashing machine really gave up the ghost. Today was the world day of prayer for creation, and Father Roger so offered Mass.   Thursday 2nd. One of the ride-on mowers made circles around the apple trees today. Our cemetery lawn also got a trim. It’s striking to see Brother Henry’s cross…

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AUGUST 2021

Sunday 1st. Some eagles were casually circling over the lake this morning. After several good hits of rain, the lawn is a lush green. Monday 2nd. Our newest refectory audiobook, ‘Educated’, by Tara Westover, describes her emergence from an isolated, survivalist family  in the USA, to a fuller life, and education. We had a welcome…

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JULY 2021

Thursday 1st. This Canada Day morning, a friend and his dog dropped by to offer greetings, and some treats. Conditions permitting, there are just a few more visitors to the grounds now. After Mass, Father Roger stepped outside the basement door, which is under the big red Chapel doors, to feed our cats. Friday 2nd.…

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JUNE 2021

Tuesday 1st. A year ago today a series of two demolitions began here. It is so quiet now, that it is as though nothing had ever disturbed this.  In Chapter, Dom Innocent read the Chapter of the Rule on choosing a Prior, then considered the many ways ‘prior’ and related titles have been used across…

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MAY 2021

Saturday 1st. With borders re-tightening, just when it was thought they might loosen, Bede is not all that busy with guests’ reservations. As regards our own health, Dom Innocent reminded us this week of the importance of individual responsibility, along with sensitivity to life’s current changes.  Sunday 2nd. After supper dishes, Bede duly refilled the…

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APRIL 2021

                  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…

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MARCH 2021

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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FEBRUARY 2021

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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