The Prophets and Today

The Prophets and Today

FACEBOOK FRIDAY- Dear Facebook Friends, Br. William shares on the Prophets: 

Prophet Jeremiah: Born c. 650 BC.  Jeremiah resisted God’s call, initially pleading that he was too young. Then the Lord touched his mouth and placed His words in Jeremiah’s mouth and he became a great prophet preaching all over Israel.
God instructed him to write those early oracles: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, -oracle of the Lord- plans for your welfare and not woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to

you.” (Jer. 29:11-12)

Prophet Hosea: 750 BC. Another prophet in Israel. He called on people to repent their sins of idolatry and apostasy and warned of judgment to come. “They continue to sin and making for themselves molten images to offer sacrifice. Therefore they will be like a morning cloud or the dew that vanishes with the dawn.” (Hos. 3-13)  Are these messages of importance and relevance today? Do we recognize the images portrayed by these early prophets?

Fast forward to June 2015 CE.  Pope Francis’s encyclical: Laudato Si: (Praised be to You). It is a clarion call for the world to wake up and help humanity. Every person has that responsibility, and to be aware and rectify that consumerism, irresponsible development, environmental degradation and global warning will bring great disaster to humanity.

January 2020 to date, the pandemic of Covid-19 has brought the world to the chaos, panic, loss of lives and much sufferings.
We have to take responsibility and protect our environment in whatever way we can; AND PRAY, for the Lord will listen to us and give us a future of hope.

 

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Prayer

Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.

Hospitality

Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.