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July 13th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The opposite of individualism is mutuality: living in the context of others. When individualism yields to mutuality, selfishness is replaced by sensitivity, conflict is replaced by harmony, stalemate is replaced by dialogue, obstinancy is replaced by adaptability, aggression is replaced by patience, withdrawal is replaced by participation.”

Australian Trappist monk and author Father Michael Casey

July 12th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Everything good that ever happened to me in my life began in the Church. I ask you to do three things: Stay close to God. Stay close to one another as a family. Stay close to the Church.”

Catherine Wall, who died on May 1st, 2020, at the age of 101!

July 8th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“To bid a man to live quietly is to bid him to live happily. It is to advise him to be in a state perfectly happy, in which he can think at leisure without finding therein a cause of distress.”
French mathematician, inventor and Catholic theologian Blaise Pascal, +1662

July 7th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.”

Book of the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 35, verse 18.

July 6th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”

American author Parker Palmer

July 5th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The opposite of envy is a sense of solidarity in which I take delight in the use and expansion of the talents of others and see my own as of value insofar as they can be of such benefit to others that my gifts may be seen as not only mine but also theirs.”

Trappist monk and author Father Michael Casey

July 2nd: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey.”
Prophet Zechariah 9:9 (also Gospel of Saint John 12:15)

July 1st: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Saint Benedict refers to the dignity of work in the phrase he borrowed from the First Letter of Peter to conclude his chapter on the artisans of the monastery: ‘so that in all things God may be glorified.'”
Trappist Abbot Augustine Roberts

June 27th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The life where Hope and Memory are one,
Earth quiet and unchanged; the human soul
Consistent in self-rule; and heaven revealed
To meditation in that quietness.”

English poet William Wordsworth, +1850

June 26th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“In a single act of love hold the entire world in your heart. There consider all the good people together and rejoice. There look upon the evil and lament. Gaze upon those in trouble and oppressed and share their suffering.”

Cistercian abbot and author Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, +1167

June 25th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“In the darkening June evening I draw a blossom near, and bending close search it as a woman searches a loved one’s face.”

“Peonies at Dusk,” by American poet Jane Kenyon, +1995

"Let everyone that comes be received as Christ."

— The Rule of St. Benedict

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