WHITEHORN, California — The first time I visited my sisters here at Redwoods Monastery was in mid-June of 1994. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 26 years since that initial brief visit to this wonderful community, in this place of truly awesome beauty. Since that first three-day stay, as I remember it, I’ve been coming down here almost every year, from my home community of Guadalupe Abbey near Carlton, for longer stays. I’ve consistently been helping with their Holy Week and Easter liturgies. This has meant being here for two, sometimes three, weeks in March and April.
Every journey is a liminal space, an in-between time, spanning where I am now and where I hope to end up. While a journey often involves some physical travel, a meaningful journey is accompanied by a displacement of a habitual dispositions and mindsets, while engaging an inner dimension. ...
Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Jerome, Priest, Doctor (240-420)
Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:31-34
Mass: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Resp Ps 88; Lk 9:57-62
Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
HEART OF JESUS, SUBSTANTIALLY UNITED TO THE WORD OF GOD,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
Today we celebrate Saint Jerome, who, as prayed in today's Collect, had "a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture", whom the Holy Father calls the "library of Christ" in his Apostolic
Letter Scripturae Sacrae Affectus
Devotion to Sacred Scripture, given today from the Lateran Basilica. May we heed Saint Jerome's advice: "Read the Divine Scriptures constantly;
never let the sacred volume fall from your hand", for "ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ". Yes, blessed is he who ponders the law of the Lord day and night: he will yield fruit in
(Entrance Antiphon, Mass).
May we set our hands to the plow, not look to what was left behind (Lk 9:62), and "imitate by our actions that saying of the Lord: I have
not come to do my own will, but the will of one who sent me" (RB 7:32). We go forth with the
concluding words of the Pope's Apostolic Letter: Let us, then, entrust ourselves to Our Lady who,