Thursday, April 16, 2015
Abbey of Gethesmani
I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I wanted to participate in the prayers and attend Mass. I missed Lauds but arrived in time for Mass. Fr. Alan was the celebrant and gave the sermon (homily). Br. Christopher read from Acts 5 where Peter proclaims to the authorities that: We must obey God and not man.
Fr. Allen reminded us that today was Holocuast Remembrance Day. He ended his homily by speaking in German the words: “Never Again!” How I wish we could live in a world where hatred, violence and genocide would never occur again. Today is another anniversary of a dark day in American life. It is the anniversary of shooting at VA Tech.
Over the door way to the Retreat House where I am staying is written the word PAX. I believe PAX (peace) will only come to us when we truly follow God by loving all people as God loves each of us. Let us pray for and work for a world where violence. hatred and genocide will never occur again.
I count it all joy,