Today will be filled with the final preparations for the arrival of Diego and CJ tomorrow, and Brendan on the 12th. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the monastery’s “friends of the first hour” last Saturday, both houses are almost completely organized for the inauguration of community life. A few indispensable things have not arrived yet: our monastic diurnals, for example! I’m confident that all will be in readiness when the new brothers arrive.
I ask the readers of Vultus Christi to beseech Our Lady of the Cenacle, Queen of the Rosary, to order today’s efforts and tomorrow’s welcome sweetly and wisely, as only she can.
From the Rule of Our Holy Father, Saint Benedict
Of the manner of receiving Brothers to Religion.
Let not an easy entrance be granted to one who cometh newly to the reformation of his life, but, as the Apostle saith: “Try the Spirits if they be of God.”191191I Joan. iv. 1. If, therefore, the newcomer persevere knocking, and continue for four or five days patiently to endure both the injuries offered to him and the difficulty made about his entrance, and persist in his petition; leave to enter shall be granted him, and he shall be in the guest Hall for a few days. Afterwards he shall be in the Novitiate, where he shall meditate, and eat, and sleep.
Let a Senior who has the address of winning souls, be appointed to watch over him narrowly and carefully, to discover whether he truly seeks God, and is eager for the Work of God, for obedience and for humiliation. Let all the rigour and austerity by which we tend towards God be laid before him.
Breaking News: The diurnals arrived this afternoon! Deo gratias.