Archives for 2008

The Feast of St. Benedict: Ad Deificum Lumen

Today is the feast of St. Benedict.This morning at mass, Father Tom Francis (who works with me at the Abbey Store) preached on the Rule and on his life experience as a Trappist monk for over 50 years now. During the sermon, he mentioned a conversation that he and I and another Lay Cistercian had a while back about a phrase in the prologue to the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: et apertis oculis nostris ad deificum lumen, which is often translated as "Let us open our eyes to the light that … [Read more...]

Remembering John O’Donohue

I am saddened to have learned of the passing of John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, yesterday (January 4, 2008). He died peacefully in his sleep while on holiday in France. Read the announcement on his website.In 1999 I had the privilege to interview him for a book industry trade publication; you can read the interview below this announcement.He was not only one of the most articulate voices of living Celtic Christianity and Celtic wisdom, but he also had a … [Read more...]