THE ABBEY CHURCH AND BREAD STORE
ARE NOW OPEN
Almost But Not Quite
The first layer of asphalt pavement has now been installed but due to rainy weather the final layer has  been delayed. Hopefully early this week, depending on weather, the contractors will be able to finish the job.
Meanwhile the front entrances are open to foot traffic but not for cars. The cars can be parked in the usual parking space, not newly paved, and one can take the short walk over the new pavement to the store and church.
Friday evening before Vespers Bishop elect Erik Varden gave the community his final conference, informative and lively as usual. Early yesterday morning he and Abbot Mark Scott of New Melleray Abbey left for the long drive to Iowa. From there Fr. Erik will travel to Santa Rita Abbey in Soniota, Arizona  to give the community their annual retreat. His term of Abbot of Mount St. Bernard in England will come to an end on November 1st and sometime in January he will be consecrated Bishop-prelate of Trondheim, Norway.
He has given us plenty of challenging thoughts to think about and possibly discuss in our community  dialogs. Especially the question as to how Cistercian Monks of the Strict Observance should respond to the challenges of the 21sth century. The week concluded with a feast day dinner and a gaudeamus supper, that is, a let us rejoice supper otherwise known as a talking supper, one of the three or four occasions during the year when we speak during a meal. A special feature of the supper was the home made pizza by Br. Paul.
And so the world is renewed in every moment of time. Every moment has only one existence. It has not existed before, and it will not come again. It springs from the eternity of God’s love and takes all being and all that is and all that happens into itself for the sake of God’s children.
Everything that happens comes to me from God, from His love, It calls me. It challenges me. It is His will that I should live and act and grow in it and become the person it is His will that I should be.
The Living God