I have just finished by lent reading for today and it a book called ‘Seeking Peace’ by Johann Christoph Arnold. As I read it there were various comments mentioned in which I thought was very applicable today as the world is in Chaos and people are feeling very afraid, vulnerable, isolated and perhaps alone.
You are not alone! We are in this crises all together and one thing that is coming out of this is the huge support that is seen all over the world to the medical staff and volunteers – I THANK YOU! We are praying for you all no matter who you are, we are in this together. Also for all those in local communities who come together to help those who are isolated and cannot get out for food and medicine.
What I want to share with you is this passage from the book mentioned:
‘ .. as we strive for peace, we should not forget that the hidden prayers offered by nuns, contemplatives, old men and women, the sick in hospitals make up a crucial part of our struggle, one every bit as noteworthy as the more visible activity carried out by those on the front lines by the young and the physically strong’.
To live in a monastic community and living in isolation and social distancing is part of our way of life and it takes time and patience to cope with this, it is also a time of grace to get to know someone better. It is hard but it is worth it’s weight in gold as it were. We in community don’t choose who we live with, granted that, but we do make a total decision to give up everything to serve God. We get to know the other members through time and perseverance. We have a timetable and that takes discipline to stick to it daily, meals are together in common, prayer is in common, work is done separately, reading in private and of course community time is Recreation time – these are precious moments.
It may be hard because you don’t know what to do or how to go about it but self discipline and a timetable is the trick. Keep to a normal as possible routine eg, getting up, having breakfast, meal times together etc. Part of St. Benedict’s Rule is self discipline and balance. Have fun too and make time for yourselves, chill out and relax.
Don’t run away from a situation but face up to it, get the balance right. These are the people you love at the end of the day.
Sorry for the distance and lack of communication but I found I couldn’t get into the site. However I am back!
Hope you are all ok among the crises of Covid-19 and keeping well and safe?
With talk of social distancing and self isolation, it makes me think ‘sounds like monastic life’.
Turn to God in prayer and pray the Rosary! We all need to work together.