Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Happy Easter to you and many blessings in our Risen Lord. We have concluded our Easter Octave, celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday, and now we move into the Easter Season. I hope that your Easter Sunday was blessed, and that you will carry those blessings with you, and share them with those whom you meet every day.
I touched on this point of `sharing' in my homily at this morning's mass for Saturday in the Easter Octave. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we heard how Peter and Paul were so full of the joy and the spirit of God, so much so that they couldn't contain themselves; they had to share the `Good News' of Jesus Christ raised from the dead. Much to the upset of the authorities of course, but Peter and Paul continued undeterred, and as we heard, the people responded by glorifying the Lord.
We too should be full of the joy and the spirit and the love of God, especially now as we have celebrated Easter Sunday and continue to bask in these 50 days of Easter Glory. Our world is in such great need of the joy, and the spirit, and the love of God. And for our part, like those Disciples, we should be on fire for the love of God and share that with others.
We had a very beautiful, profound and reverent Triduum. The very beautiful liturgical environment enhanced our Holy Week Liturgy in our monastic chapel. We acknowledge and give thanks to Br Martin (our MC) for all of his preparation, and we also thank his family who very generously donated the funds to make this possible.
As we move into our retreat season at the monastery, we look forward to groups who have stayed with us in previous years, and we welcome those who will be coming here for the first time.
We also welcome those who come on individual private retreats, and those who have not been here for a while. Come and see how your generous and ongoing donations continue to help us improve the property, making the necessary changes for all who come here seeking a quiet place away from the busy world. Of course it is an ongoing process, and just when it seem we have one thing fixed, there is something else to fix. But, that's just the way it is, and we do the best that we can to put your donations to good use, always remembering that we are building up the Kingdom of God on earth.
So I do thank you for your ongoing support, for all you do for us in the community, and I pray many blessings to you, your family and your friends.
In the Risen Lord,
Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv