These past few weeks things have been relatively quiet on the news front as we tried to concentrate on entering the spirit of the Christmas Season. There have been several meetings about forthcoming projects to be undertaken as time permits and various committee elections. Chief among them at the moment is some necessary upgrading to the infirmary wing to provide more suitable rooms for those 75 and over. A project committee has been organized so things should get underway shortly.
One project project that is already underway is a downsizing of our rather oversized library. We are going through the entire library culling books no longer relevant to a monastic library including the back issues of various periodicals. This will make room for new books relevant to monastic life as they come along.
The plan is to move all the unwanted books to an empty room in the shop building and put them on display. Our rare book buyer will bring buyers who are interested. The current plan is that the downsized library will be moved to a smaller room and the present library converted into a community reading room.
The Sermon on the Mount draws a comprehensive portrait of the right way to live. It aims to show us how to be a human being. We could sum up its fundamental insights by saying that man can be understood only in the light of God, and that his life is made righteous only when he lives it in relation to God.
But God is not some distant stranger. He shows us his face in Jesus. In what Jesus does and wills, we come to know the mind and the will of God himself.
Jesus of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI