Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Peace be with you, and Happy Easter. I hope your Easter season will be blessed in many unexpected ways, and in wonderful encounters with those you meet on the journey of life.
Our Holy Week retreat went well, not as many people as usual, but nevertheless a good retreat. We are grateful to Melinda D'Agrosa for flying here from North Carolina to be with us as the presenter for the retreat this year. She has quite a full life in NC, so we are happy that she took time out to be with us. She is a very generous person, a good Oblate and friend of the monastery.
It seems that Lent passed by so quickly - there never seems to be a dull moment. Time marches on - as my mother would often remind me. On Ash Wednesday I encouraged those who were at mass, as a part of their Lenten observance, to pray for the world and its needs. We are in very different times, and we know how much prayers helps.
As I write this the meadow is becoming green once more, the trees are in bud, nature is coming back to life after its long winter sleep. Our Lord Jesus Christ was for three days in the sleep of death in the tomb, and then rose for us as the true light of the world that we might have life, and have it more abundantly, life with Him. The mystery of the cross becomes a reality in this Easter season as we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We give glory and praise to God for all He gives to us - especially at this time of the year.
As always, I thank you for all you do for us, in so many ways, may the Lord reward you. You are remembered each day in our prayers and in the Mass. And I pray that you will have a glorious Easter season.
Fr. Aidan, OSB oliv