Matty the burro and Mable the hen have struck up a friendship over the past year in the same pasture, what we’ve dubbed, “Abbotsfield.” It is interesting to observe how the creatures in our farmyard: sheep, donkey, chickens and even bees, interact and harmoniously occupy the same space.

The animals we have exhibit behavior that, while not done as rational creatures, is nonetheless cause for humans to be reminded of important Christian values, such as tolerance, not bullying, silence, sharing and patience.

The Desert Fathers and Mothers of the early Church were not adverse to learning lessons from the animals in the wilds, or the domesticated ones under their care.

“You beasts, wild and tame, O bless the Lord” (Book of Daniel, chapter 3).

Our prayers and greetings to all.

Abbot Christian and the monks