At fixed times all the abbots/abbesses come together. They discuss there the salvation of their own souls and of those committed to them. They take measures regarding the observance of the Holy Rule and of the Order where there is something that needs to be corrected or added. They foster anew among themselves the benefit of peace and charity. They devote themselves to maintaining the patrimony of the Order and safeguarding and increasing its unity. (C.77)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Grapes and cotoneaster

All day Tuesday the work of the Mixed General Chapters was on the House Reports in the mixed commissions, the reports written by the members of each individual monastery. It is a thorough listening not only to what the written report says, but also to the superior  of the community. The father immediate is consulted and brought into the commission when needed.

As all that is happening in the commissions is confidential, I decided there wouldn’t be much to write about today, and went for a walk during the break after lunch. It was a beautiful experience of  the modern town of Assisi in daylight. The other days I have walked from the house Gesu Bambino, where some of us live, in the morning before daybreak, when the moon is still golden and Orion and Sirius can be seen above the dome of the basilica, and have returned in the dark at night.

Now it was a warm, warm but not too hot day – a warmth that is never felt on the Norwegian island of Tautra where my monastery is. I had time to take a closer look at the many unknown trees and bushes that make up the beautiful parks around the houses where our MGM is held. Oleander with pink flowers, cotoneaster with orange berries, and lots of hanging vines with ripe grapes. In the shadow of the tall trees there was a gentle, welcome breeze, inviting to a longer break than I had. But we got some good news this morning – we will have a day’s break in the work next Wednesday. Until then we can go on enjoying the intense work of love, listening and concern for one another.

Sr. Hanne-Maria of Tautra