Last November the monks of New Clairvaux Abbey granted permission to a UC Berkeley team to install a small Seismic Station, and the unit has now been set up on the monastery property, in an unobtrusive spot near the Abbey’s Holy Trinity field walnut orchard.
The station is part of the “Seismic Stations for California’s Earthquake Early Warning System, Shake Alert” which detects Earthquakes so quickly that an alert can reach millions of people before strong shaking arrives. UC Berkeley and its partners operating California’s seismic network, CISN, are developing and implementing the Shake Alert earthquake early warning system to identify and characterize an earthquake within a few seconds after it begins. With this system they are able to calculate the expected intensity of ground shaking, and can send warnings to people in harm’s way. To reliably distribute warnings for all parts of the State, it is important to have a robustly operating, dense network of seismic stations capable of providing data that can be used in Shake Alert. The best locations for these stations are those with minimum urban noise. Currently there are 538 stations distributed through the state of California and the Abbey is proud to have one installed in its property.
July 2, 2020 will be the 65th anniversary of the founding of New Clairvaux Abbey in 1955, also the Feast of the Visitation in those days. A monk creatively combines the two events in an imaginative poem, entitled: "Mary Greets the Years"
Very suddenly at first light she runs
The news-incredible-giving her legs
Fr. Thomas speaks with us about the meaning of PLACE in our Christian and monastic lives:
“A straightforward meaning that Jesus gives to his Ascension is that he is going to prepare a place for his disciples and for us in the Father’s house. Jesus has promised that he will return and takes us there. Meanwhile, before this wonderful event occurs, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will come to make their dwelling place in our personal lives. This idea of place, then, means that we, as disciples of Christ, are called to live intimately with one another and with God. How wonderful it is to live in the ‘place’ with the Trinity.
As we near the end of the Church's Easter Season, Br. William shares on a beloved Resurrection Gospel:
“A most beautiful and touching resurrection story is found from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 24 beginning from Verse 13. This narrative of the appearance of Jesus on the Road to Emmaus is unique to the Gospel of Luke. I would like to share a few words about this passage of the Gospel. Years ago, I read the book “With Hearts Burning” by Henri Nouwen. I was captivated by the contents of his book and the phrase “with hearts burning” occupies a special place in my heart.
Abbot Paul Mark shares on current and future days:
“The daily news is all about the pandemic and its tragic consequences. It impacts us all. Here in the monastery we offer a prayer daily for protection all people, a resolution to the pandemic and for the deceased and their loved ones.
But here is some Good News, Pentecost is coming! This Mystery of Salvation celebrates the beginning of the faith community we call church. The church flows from the side of the pierced Jesus that spews forth his precious water and blood,
Grretings Blog Viewers! Our Br. Christopher reflects on Mary’s Month: “Traditionally the month of May is known as ‘Mary’s Month’ among Catholics, a time of devotion and reflection on Our Blessed Mother. For some, Catholics are too focused on Mary, to the exclusion of Jesus, they say. Oh, how wrong headed they are!
If we truly want to know Jesus we must look at Why He came, what He has done for the human race: He came to unite us to Himself, human and divine, to unite us to His Divinity through His humanity. He achieved this goal in a superlative way in the one with the most unique and special relationship with Him: the one He choose to by His own human mother.
May 12, 1974.
Does that date mean anything to you? Probably not; some of you reading this weren’t even born yet, and for others it was just another day, leaving no imprint on the recollection.
For me, it was the Greatest Day of my life. It was the day of my baptism, at St. Rose of Lima parish in Santa Rosa, CA.
Fr. Paul Mark helps us appreciate the great St. Joseph, patron of contemplatives:
“The Church celebrates two special days in honor of St. Joseph each year: the Solemnity of St. Joseph the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 19 and the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. Pope Blessed Pius IX had named Joseph the patron of the Universal Church in the mid-nineteenth century. With the title Universal Patron of the Church you might think the Christian faithful has held Saint Joseph in great esteem from time immemorial. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I thought I’d give an update about how things are going here at New Clairvaux during CoVid-19: What is life like at the monastery during the current pandemic?