The Compassionate One – Br. David Vryhof

“The Lord saw her and had compassion…”
Luke 7:11-17

Imagine this scene as if you were watching it from the outskirts of the village of Nain:

A funeral procession winds its way through the center of the village and passes through the city gates, heading for the place outside its bounds where the dead were laid to rest. Continue reading

What About Mary? – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Micah 5:2-5a                                                                           Psalm 113
Romans 8:28-30                                                              Matthew 1:18-25

Several years ago, quite unexpectedly, a friend and I were invited to join the annual French national healing pilgrimage to Lourdes, to be a part of a contingent of 1,000 malades and 3,000 caregivers to spend a week at the famous holy place of healing. Continue reading

Binding and Unbinding – Br. Curtis Almquist

Pentecost XVII

Matthew 18:15-20

‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Continue reading

A House of Prayer for All People: A reflection on worship as true communion – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Br. Geoffrey, serving as Chaplain to the House of Bishops, pictured with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Br. Geoffrey, serving as Chaplain to the House of Bishops, pictured with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The “big top” (as it was called) was filled with people from what seemed every nation upon earth. Everyone was absolutely silent and watching heartbreaking pictures of a terrible disaster. On the screen, we saw the lush and beautiful landscape of Burma or Myanmar and yet its beauty had been shattered by a terrible monsoon.

We saw pictures of homes destroyed, dead men and women and children floating on the swollen waters of the Irrawaddy, and then we heard the wonderful stories of loving service provided by so many.  In particular we saw on the screen the work of the Anglican Church of the Province of Myanmar. It’s not a large church but one whose members sacrifice so much to bring relief to the suffering around them. And then we all sang together a hauntingly beautiful Burmese rendition of the Magnificat.

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The Eyes of All Wait Upon You: Praying the psalms in simple ways – Br. David Allen

Where Brothers and guests meet to share meals and table blessings.

Where Brothers and guests meet to share meals and table blessings.

The words of Psalm 145 are familiar to many of us, especially those who have been here, or in other churches where verses from psalms are used in the liturgy and as prayers on various occasions. The words I am most familiar with in this psalm are those that were for many years used as the Blessing Prayer at meals here at the Monastery until about 35 years ago when we decided to use more contemporary forms.  The same words were also used at many other monasteries and retreat houses.  Those words in contemporary English are:  The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season.  You open wide your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature.” (Psalm 145:16-17)

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