Thank you community at this time of over four years removed for your fond remembrances of Abbot David. These include the Holy Hour time that Sr. Ann indicated he spent before the Tabernacle in the chapel at Pecos Benedictine Monastery, a favorite place during my visits from Los Alamos where I also sat on the floor to be close wordlessly with our Lord, even in times of great inner turmoil when a stillness of silence and peace would finally come over me. As a fragile person I learned from Abbot David's gentle nature which did not diminish but enhanced his authority and ability to teach us presence to Christ. This wordless teaching spilled over into my own devotions before the Tabernacle in the Blessed sacrament Chapel at my Roman Catholic Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary, in nearby Los Alamos (N,M.) where over a period of several years I spent thousands of hours before the Eucharist reserved within the laced and locked Tabernacle, usually at night, usually ‘alone’. This was well before Perpetual Adoration was established there in December 2006. This is where I really started to learn by experience that love indeed is the antidote to fear, and that Jesus is always with those who believe in and serve Him. So, thank you, Benedictine community, for your presence among us, your beacon of light to those of us who struggle with their faith in God.
Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii