To Novo Mundo
Yesterday, Abbot Gerard left for our daughter house in Brazil. As Fr. Immediate of the Community he is obliged by our Constitutions to make the visitation every two years during which he will meet with each of the members of the community to evaluate how things are going. He will then make a report to the next General Chapter. He is expected to return on the 19th??
Our Fr. Isaac Slater, our newly appointed vocation and novice director, has just published a new book on one of his favorite topics, St. Bernard, entitled: Beyond Measure, The Poetics of the Image in St. Bernard. Fr. Bernardo Bonowitz, Abbot of Novo Mundo and author of Truly Seeking God Describes it as:
There is a profound harmony between the external demands of Christianity and the internal dynamism of the human heart. Christian discipleship asks no more and no less of us than that we become what God intends us to be, that we fulfill the potentiality inherent in our individual nature, that we cease acting a role and allow ourselves to become fully ourselves.
What theology terms ‘sins” are, it seems to be, not primarily offenses against God; they are offenses against ourselves – refusal to act in accordance with our God-given natures.
We were made in the image and likeness of God; our most authentic behavior is when we act as God acts, as this has been revealed to us in the words and example of Christ.
The Road to Eternal Life
Michael Casey, OCSO