06/September/2007 Filed in: Jottings
A day of rejoicing here in the monastery. On this day in 2004, Bishop Crispian Hollis issued the decree of canonical erection. We are amazed at how much has been achieved under God since then, thanks to all our friends and well-wishers. Our beginnings were modest in the extreme, and although we are very grateful for all that we have been enabled to do, there are times when one looks back nostalgically at the simplicity of our origins. Strange to think we began with one bed, one desk, four mattreses, four chairs and, sign of our times, two computers; and that our first community meal was rather wanting in the crockery and cutlery department! Today we shall give thanks in our own oratory (still very plain and simple) glad that Mass can be said at our own altar, and we shall follow with a festive meal for which there will be no shortage of the wherewithal from which to eat it, nor, thankfully, of others to share it. Now we must pray for the blessing of vocations.