Motives & motivations

"Friend, what have you come for?" St Benedict goes for broke here and chooses the most strait, the most provocative quote possible as an aid to examination of heart — these are, of course, the words of Jesus to Judas Iscariot, who has met him in Gethsemane to effect his arrest.

These words are addressed not only to the priests who are seeking to join the monastery or who are already there, but also to every monk and nun. What longing, what impelling force, what hope has so moved and convicted us that all we have left behind is not enough; that we must throw over everything we had any choice over, in order to seek God here in this place?

And then, has any other agenda, any lesser hope stolen in to arrest a progress toward abandonment to God's providence? Friends, why have we come? What is our hope, that we continue to throw over, again and again, whatever would sidetrack the impelling direction of love? As we continue this season of Advent (a timely little icon of that long Advent that is our life) let us continue to search out the answer to this question: what did we come to see? What is it we expect and long for? Friends, why have we come?

Recent Issues

October 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015