Dear Blog Viewers, We would like to share with you a brief excerpt from an open letter to the monks and nuns concerning the CoVid-19 pandemic by the Abbot General of the Order of Cistercians, Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, O. Cist, whom we have had the honor of receiving at the Abbey on two occasions:
“Perhaps our first task is to live out the circumstance in a way that gives it meaning. Fundamentally, the true drama that society is currently living out is not really or not the pandemic, but its consequences in our daily existence. The world has stopped. But not just this: public religious life has also stopped, the public celebration of the Eucharist, all church gatherings and meeting, at least those in which the faithful meet up physically. It is like a great fast, a great universal abstinence.
Contemporary man, in fact, no longer knows how to stop. One stops only if one is stopped. How used we are to running around and throwing ourselves toward some future!
In Psalm 46, God invited us to stop and recognize His Presence in our midst:
God ASKS us to keep ourselves still; He does not impose it. God asks us to stop in recognition that, for us, His Presence fills the whole universe, is the most important thing in life, which nothing can exceed. TO STOP BEFORE GOD MEAN TO RECOGNIZE THAT HIS PRESENCE FILLS THE INSTANT AND THUS FULLY SATISFIES OUR HEART, IN WHATEVER CONDITION WE FIND OURSELVES.”
Please know of our continued prayer and offering of the Divine Office and Holy Mass on behalf of all who would like to participate and are not able, and for all affected in so many ways by this time of uncertainly.
Your brothers of New Clairvaux
For the full text of Dom Mauro’s letter: https://english.clonline.org/news/church/2020/03/16/be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god