Several centuries before the birth of Christ, the Prophet Isaiah wrote:

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: O that you had listened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:17 & 18).

These words are especially appropriate in the season of Lent and in the current covid-19 pandemic.

We all desire peace and prosperity, but not as the world gives, but as God graciously grants it.

For Christians, the coming of Christ into the world to save us is our sure hope. Now we are again preparing to celebrate the saving deeds of the Lord on our behalf, by his suffering, death on the Cross and glorious Resurrection.

Concerning covid-19, a reminder, which came to us from Abbot Primate Gregory Polan in Rome is this: “Remain hopeful, move into the future with trust, keep searching for the voice of God in these challenging times”

In addition, Abbot Gregory asks: “What is the good we have found hidden in the sadness of these times?”

May our answer to this question be part of the building blocks to a life on fire for the love of God and neighbor.

Abbot Christian and the monks