Thank you, Fr. David, for your beautiful "On my mind" message in the Winter 2016 issue (#124) of The Hawaiian Benedictine newsletter. It was not only about Mary's Annunciation, but also about our very own about which we, too, may be perplexed but in response to which we can respond in the obedience of faith. Though it's been seven years now since my last setting of foot on the Monastery property above Waialua town, it's been 25 years since first doing so, enough time and visits to foster a sense of solidarity with your community and its communal practice of docile abandonment to the will of God. May He bless you all, then, in your next 25 years!
Yes, "Being grateful opens one up to the spirit". Thank you all at the monastery, especially Sister Mary Jo., for being such a big influence in my life.
Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii