13 November 2011

For most people this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, pure and simple, when we recall the sacrifice of those who died in defence of our freedom. It is a day for prayer and gratitude and solemn acts of remembering. Here is it is also Oblates’ Day, when we welcome those of our oblates and associates who can get here to a day of quiet fellowship at the monastery. The 13 November is the feast of All Benedictine Saints so is suitably challenging: holiness, and nothing less, is what we aim at, and we have a ‘great crowd of witnesses’ to encourage us. Today will have challenges peculiar to itself, however, as half the community is down with what looks suspiciously like ‘flu or a similar virus. It reminds me of that lovely Hasidic saying, If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I trust there is a broad grin in heaven today.


11 thoughts on “13 November 2011”

  1. One of the things I struggle with most is the relationship between God and war. On the one hand, thou shalt not kill, on the other hand the seeming glorification of war.

    Maybe I need to look at separating the act of war from the rememberance of war.

    Good luck with your busy day, and I hope your community members get well soon!

    • Stu, I think you make an important distinction. It is unfortunate that our acts of remembrance, which have to do with gratitude for our own freedom, our sadness at the sacrifice others have made and our prayer for their eternal happiness, have somehow come to be mixed up with other concerns. For example, I myself have no difficulty praying for everyone who died in both World Wars, British, German, whatever, while remaining deeply uneasy about the moral justification for some of the military interventions to which the British Government has committed British Forces since then.

    • I think it is most important to remember the war dead, both civilian and military and to use that as motivation to avoid all military conflicts in the future. The people who have died in “unjust” wars even more so, because their deaths have been so senseless. The only way to bring some purpose to those deaths is to ensure that there are no more.

    • Eva – have you tried Ignatius Press? They will look at unpublished manuscripts if they are completed. They take about 2-3 months to make a decision after submission. I could send you an email contact if you like?

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