Hi Everyone! As a beginning i was going to take some photo’s but i’m afaid i never got round to it…..the weekend went quickly……sorry!
THE COME AND SEE WEEKEND : WENT AS FOLLOWS ~
Well its about time i tried to put down the events of the last few days and its not going to be easy! But saying that lets see how we go – shall we……At the beginning of the week (Mon) i was beginning to feel abit nervous, and apprehensive wondering ‘what have i let myself and everyone else in for?’ but then again that’s me all over. I get nervous quite easily and it doesn’t take much to get me going. Just before 4.30pm on the thursday afternoon i waited in the guest parlour (as i’m the guest mistress) with one lady who came the previous day and would be staying for a week. Then someone drove up and the nerves began to set in……i welcomed her in, then someone else arrived and i thought well here we go there are three will the others follow, and in the meantime i showed the girls their rooms. Well we waited for a few minutes as it was thurs and that is our early night and we had exposition all day. After offering drinks we went into church (choir) and i showed people their places, they had the priveleged to sit with us and it was alot easier to show them the office with the books we use. We came out of office and shortly after the front door bell rang again it was the 4th lady but the 5th did not arrive. From being a group of a possible 10 it went down to 4 – never mind the Lord knows best. So after a long wait and wondering how could i open this weekend, the holy spirit prompted me with the words ‘COME AND SEE’ . We all had supper at 6.30pm and the introduction was held at 7.30pm in the upstairs library for the guests. All the talks and discussions were held up ther. In fact it was through Jesus’ own words in St. Johns Gospel – so i took this as a starting point. Here is the passage to remind you (Jn 1:35 -39)……’On the following day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus passed and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God’. Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi, (which means Teacher) ‘where do you live?’. ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day.
To follow this up, i then had a few words written down on paper which were as follows: …… ‘ Jesus always takes the Initiative. He’s always inviting us to go deeper into our lives, he asks ‘What do you want?’. He too asks us like the 2 disciples following ‘what do you want?’. So What is it that we want if nothing else but to follow Jesus. the disciples may have answered out of surprise when they said, ‘Where do you live?’ Its like us living the monastic life, Jesus asks us not once but countless times a day, ‘what do you want? This question precedes the next invitation, ‘Come and see’ and they stayed with him that day and so must we. We are inviting you to ‘Come and See’, to follow Jesus closely and at a deeper level over this weekend and hopefully to find answers to some of your questions. Finding Jesus isn’t always easy, it is hard but to take the 1st step makes it easier for the next. Just simply rest with him and take up St. Benedict’s very 1st word of his Rule in the Prologue, and that is to ‘LISTEN’.
I then said a few brief words of my own vocation so instead of boring you to pieces i just say – look back to my written text – ‘Vocation part1, 2, and 3’.
SAT NIGHT AUG 22nd – Just trying out how to have access for you all with some photos -not too sure how this will go but i think i have it!!! Please try the link out below and let me know what you think (either way – if you like the photos or are having trouble looking at them)