It's now almost February and the Church calendar is propelling us toward Lent. But before we leave Winter all together I would like to recount highlights of Advent and Christmas 2012 at Redwoods
Every Advent at Redwoods is begun with the making of the Advent wreath. The sisters gather at Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent with greens collected from the surround
Advent is a time of stillness and reflection. Sister Julia of the Verbum Dei community in San Francisco created the following presentation from pictures she took of the monastery and
surrounding areas. May this meditation help us to recognize new Advents of the Lord in ourselves and in our communities.
Sr. Godelieve recounts her call to the Monastery first in Belgium at the monastery of Our Lady of Nazareth and then in the United States at Redwoods. She talks of her contemplative awakening
through the years and the role the monastery played in her life. Sr Godelieve at 89 years old is the senior member of our community. She is a musician, contemplative, prophetic witness to Christ
in the world through social justice and most beloved sister.
These feasts of the Lord, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart, which follow Pentecost have been especially meaningful for me this year. It seems that only after Pentecost and the Descent of the
Spirit do we come to know Jesus as He wants us to know Him. And how do we know him? Through the Eucharist symbols of bread and wine that have become His very body and blood. We also know him
through communion with and in His Heart.
The following is a prayer of St Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Abbot of the monaste
Watch highlights of our liturgical celebration of the Feast of the Presentation, celebrated on February 2. It is a feast that commemorates Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the Temple for
the Rite of Purification in accordance with the Law of Moses. At the Temple, Christ is recognized by the Simeon and Anna. The Song of Simeon (Luke 2:22-35 ) is often sung at
Compline, the last Office of prayer of the day. 'And now Lord, you may let your servant go in peace for with my own eyes I have seen