Cowley: Summer 2012

This issue of Cowley Magazine takes up the topic of “new life springing up and the community’s gratitude” in addition to a Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living insert by Br. Eldredge Pendelton which explores the richness of the fundamental act of Christian worship, the Eucharist.

Selected Articles from the Summer 2012 Cowley Magazine

1. Br. Mark Brown finds in Eucharistic hymns the diversity and unity of the church.
2. Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to a practice of gratitude.
3. The Brothers have much to be thankful for, and Br. David Vryhof gives voice to the Community’s gratitude.
4. Br. Robert L’Esperance unveils the plan for the cloister garden.
5. We asked the interns, “What will you take away from the Monastery?” After nine months, they share their experiences of self-discovery, silence, and love in the internship program.
6. Does everyone have a vocation? In an interview, Br. Geoffrey Tristram shares the story of his own awakening to his vocation.

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A Mission Interrupted – Br. David Vryhof

You might have noticed that the gospel story read this morning contains two healing miracles, not one.  What makes them particularly interesting is that they are interwoven – in fact, one story interrupts the other.

We find Jesus surrounded by “a large crowd” just after his return from a healing mission that had taken him across the Sea of Galilee.  A man approaches him – not just any man, but a leader of the synagogue, a person of considerable social status and importance.  He is desperate with worry and grief and, abandoning all dignity, he falls to the ground at Jesus’ feet and “begs him repeatedly,” the gospel writer tells us, to come and lay his hands on his sick daughter, who is at the point of death.  There is a mixture of desperation and hope in his eyes.  He is convinced that Jesus has the authority to make her well, if only he will come, and quickly.  So Jesus went with him.

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