Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 21 – A Perpetual Feast

In the Abbey, the morning is spent in preparation for Mass . . . the monastic participation in the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ.

The afternoon is spent with Him in an amplified way . . . it certainly is not that the nuns have lost Him since yesterday, but they do make such a BIG DEAL out of the daily reminder and renewal of their life of faith in Him because of His life in them.

Here we are in Cor Unum, one-hearted with all upon earth who trust that the death He died, He died for us, in our place, and the life He lives is our life, if we will avail ourselves of it. We looked yesterday at Paul’s Ebenezar statement
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me.” (Galatians 2:20)

More than celebrating food on the table or money in the bank or the use of our eyes or limbs, this is cause to celebrate. In the Abbey, in monasteries all over the world, every day, the abiding life of Jesus Christ, given for us and given to us, is remembered, honored, given place, depended upon, exalted, and cherished.

Might we find a way, here in Cor Unum, to make sure not one day shall pass into history, into our “past,” without both the expression of our gratitude and our personal insistence that the faith we have received shall not have come to us in vain?

"What We Came For"
photo by Kerry

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