The question has been proposed: How do monks deal with the current grave difficulties facing the church and the world? An example is provided by our own Br. William:
Since the beginning of time, humankind has been migrating from one place to another in search of food, shelter and for better living conditions. A very grave difficulty facing the church and the world today is the migration problem. Today there are millions of asylum seekers, refugees, displaced and stateless people. Those who manage to leave their countries face hazardous journeys by land and thousands fleeing in overcrowded boats have been drowned at sea. The living conditions in refugee camps are horrendous especially for the elderly and children who are malnourished and lacking education. The church and the world need to acknowledge the massive inhumanity all around us and to open our hearts to the plight, to give them hope and assistance. Pope Francis has been appealing often for countries to open their doors to accept refugees and not to turn them away.
We as monks are to be their witnesses and we have a duty to pray for them and to be in union with them. We need to continue and persevere with our intercessory prayer for these people of concern. We want our families, friends and visitors to our monastery to be aware of their problems. We have much to offer and we can make a difference to their lives. Let us be their voices for the world community to respond and to do something positive. Please join us and the church to pray and place these people in the care of our Heavenly Father.