The monks of New Clairvaux were happy to see Dominican Father Olivier Thomas from the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, who returned to give a course to our Junior monks on the Passion narratives. De La Salle Christian Brother, Michael Meister, also returned to continue his course on Dante's Divine Comedy. And returning to us this summer is our own monk of Vina, Father Mark Scott, who will be giving conferences to the monastic community on the Book of Revelation.
Finally, the monks were a bit relieved to see our liturgical calendar return to normal after having celebrated 5 solemnities within the past week and a half. It was, in the words of our abbot, "a bit overkill." We give thanks, nevertheless, for the many happy returns as we happily welcome back these long, dog days of summer.