Greetings, dear and faithful Hermit Community supporters and friends!
The time has come for us to end our WordPress Blog. So much has changed since the passing of our Founder, Br. Mark. But, his dream of a vital Lay Monastic Hermit Community lives on within each of us!
We have remained committed to the Central Focus of a Life of Prayer in service of all humankind, with a firm belief that in doing so, we may continue to do our part in contributing to the relief of the pain and suffering of all beings everywhere, excepting none. This has always been the Vocation of The Hermits of The Holy Cross and by the Grace of God, may ever be.
We thank you for being faithful supporters of this Blog for so many years! We pray that you will never grow weary of doing what is right and good and will always keep to the Path in the Name and the Power of our Lord Jesus Christ…Amen!
It has been one year since the passing of our dear Bro. Mark and being this is something in the likeness of his first feast day (however “un-official”) we, The Hermits of The Holy Cross, would like to offer this tribute in his honor…
May God grant him eternal repose and give comfort to his family and all his remaining loved ones here on Earth!
From Mark: “I wrote this jazzy piece, “Sunset Drivin”,during sunset one evening. I am hoping it will feel like that to you as if you are driving during a beautiful sunset. May it bring you a bit of peace.”
As our founder and dear Bro. Mark enjoys his peaceful repose in the arms of God, it seems his devotion to our Lady is becoming more and more alive within all of us Hermits of The Holy Cross. We find ourselves quite drawn to meet together on Zoom and pray the Rosary weekly in response to this Call. As we are all in differing Counties, States and Provinces, we are ever grateful for this type of Technology which has made possible the continuation of this Ministry of Prayer even apart from the maintaining of this blog.
Abba Ammoun of Rhaithou asked Abba Sisoes, “When I read the Scriptures, my mind is wholly concentrated on the words so that I may have something to say if I am asked.” The old man said to him, “That is not necessary; it is better to enrich yourself through purity of spirit and to be without anxiety and then to speak.”
This Saturday, Aug 14th, will be the first time we, The Hermits of The Holy Cross, will be celebrating the birth of our dear Bro. Mark without him. I wish to present our contribution to this celebration by choosing from his selection of musical tunes a piece he not only wrote and played, but even dedicated.
So, from the heart of our Founder to you All… with our gratitude to God and to you for all your prayers and support…
Sister Evelyn of the Child Jesus took her final vows as a cloistered Dominican nun at the Santo Domingo el Real monastery in Segovia, the community’s first vocation in almost 30 years.
Sister Evelyn explained how responding to her vocation has made her happy: “When I make my response to God and agree with his will, I feel happy. I’m a sinner, but God wants me to act as a sentinel before the world to say ‘God is there, God exists, there is eternity’. I don’t have to talk much, but the existence of a cloistered nun can do more than if I were in the world, for her life of prayer, her life of charity with her sisters … And although many people neither understand our vocation nor know of our existence, the vocation of the cloistered nun in the monastery is like the heart of a man, it’s not visible like the hands, the eyes… but it is vital for the man to live.”
According to El Adelantado de Segovia, Fr. García stressed that Sister Evelyn’s courage to take “a definitive turn to her life” can only be explained “because God has touched her heart and has come out to meet her, and she has set out on her way.”
Life is Liturgy Unceasing!
Lectio Divina is Life; Every Word an utterance of the Divine.Asceticism is Life lived in the Absolute Poverty of the Now; Empty of past and future, Empty of reflections and memories,
Empty of expectations or desires for rewards, Empty of imaginings and visions, Empty of spiritual possessions
Empty of satisfactions and distractions, Empty even of a way of one’s own or a plan
For Only In the Emptiness of this NOW Is the Fullness of the All to be found. To be anywhere else is to be no-where, Lost in the daydream of Illusion.Thoughts still arise, Ideas still pretend importance. What is one to do?
Hold to the Loveliness Beyond!
Listen to that Silence as to a Symphony; Simply watching, Simply waiting, Simply aware, Being, in Love!