The Lord in his love shows us the way of life.
Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 20
|Christus in the apse of the Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln,|
Saint Meinrad Archabbey (Book says: 'I am the Life')
Last evening, the Chapter--the voting body of fully professed monks--approved my petition to make solemn vows as a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. These vows--made for life, like a marriage vow--include obedience, stability, and conversion of life (which includes poverty and chastity). The ceremony will be January 25, 2011.
I cannot adequately express how happy this makes me! Although I'm trying to contain myself, I feel as though I am walking on air right now. This wonderful journey is something I could never have asked for or imagined several years ago. And it is only just beginning. GOD IS GOOD.
The Christus image above, incidentally, is highly symbolic for the monk making final vows at Saint Meinrad. It is toward this image, standing before the altar and the abbot who respresents Christ in the monastery, that the monk faces while professing his vows--with the entire community gathered around him. It is a symbolic moment of dying to the old self and rising to new life--the 'making' of a monk.
Thank you all for your continued prayers (don't stop now!), and be assured of my own as we all strive to "prefer nothing whatever to Christ, that he may bring us all together to everlasting life" (Rule 72:11-12).
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord God of hosts.
They are happy, who dwell in your house, for ever singing your praise.