Letter from our Abbot

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:28 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Nov 13, 2018

Feast of All Saints of the Benedictine Order


Dear Friends,


No words suffice for the heartbreak, the trauma, and the loss experienced these recent days as the Camp Fire has destroyed homes, businesses and taken lives.  Grief, disorientation, anger, and fear are often the first emotions to be experienced.  And once a person has had time to reflect then the inevitable question arises, “Why” and “Why me?”

Monastic life teaches the monk not to fear life’s questions but rather to live and befriend these questions, to become comfortable with the ambiguity these evoke, rather than to immediately attempt an answer to try to restore what I might think is familiarity and comfort of a world I once knew but now has been turned upside down.  At a moment like this we come to understand the things that matter most in life.  Family, friends, and a relationship with a God who loves me may not replace a home and lost material possessions but these constants of life do anchor, sustain, and orient me to move forward in life when life does not unfold as I expect.

Be still and know that I am God the psalmist prays in Psalm 46.

Friends, you are not alone.  Your pain and loss is our pain and loss.  We accompany you in daily prayer in the hopes we all have for a happier time once again.

Be still and know that I am God.


Father Paul Mark and your brothers of New Clairvaux