Fr. Sam is an old monk … nearly 90.  At Mass the priests each have an assigned portion of the Eucharistic prayer to pray aloud.  I love hearing Fr. Sam read his part.  It always brings a smile to my face and sometimes even tears to my eyes.  There is such tenderness in his reading; one can tell it comes from the heart!

I continue to plow my way through the Rule of Benedict here at the monastery.  Today’s portion of the Rule refers to each monastic having a specific task, even those who are experiencing weakness, illness, or old age.  No one is useless. Everyone has a gift to bring, a contribution to make.  What is the gift I bring today?  What contribution will you make today?  How will we be signs of faith, hope, love, and commitment this day?

Fr. Sam

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