This is the Sunday of ‘joy’ in the Advent journey…for ‘the Lord
is very near’…it is the joy of anticipation. Notice how we feel within when we are anticipating something we long for, and it is near…the heart is lifted up in ‘anticipation’ and already
joy is lingering around our hearts. Indeed, with this third Sunday of Advent, we are leaning more and more i
Sr. Kathy DeVico, Abbess, Redwoods MonasteryThis Fall we featured Pope
Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si, in our newsletter. It is timely because as you may know today the world has taken a united stand to address climate change in the Paris Agreement.
Many across the globe have been praying for this accord. The Global Catho
I like to begin with a text from the twelfth century Cistercian Abbot, Guerric of Igny, and then tease out what he is saying to his brother monks and to us. This is from his fifth sermon
for Advent: “‘Prepare a way for the Lord.’ We prepare the way of the Lord as we are bidden to do so by walking along it; and we can walk along it only by preparin However far
you journey along it, the way is always waiting to be prepared, so that you must start afresh from the place that you have reac
Br. Christophe’s words in his journal entry for the First Sunday of Advent (1994) are these: “To finish this liturgical year (well), I ask and receive the grace of forgiveness. You
put me back on my feet to walk, to run, upright, toward you who are coming.He comes
and every eye shall see him.
He comes: his face, and that is infinitely everything” (Born From the Gaze of God, p.117)
He comes: and will we be open enough, awake enough, present enough to receive his ‘face’ that is i
The following article appeared in the Santa Rosa Diocese publication North Coast Catholic
There is a walking trail on the monastery’s property that winds along
the bank of the Mattole River – up and down gentle ravines and through running creeks. The river bank is fortified by the roots of giant redwoods and the water is crystal clear.
Occasionally we see fish