Dom Cassian Folsom has some reflections on the earthquakes which shook the monastery at Norcia. HERE
For the time being, the monks of Norcia have moved down to Rome and are at the Benedictine community on the Aventine Hill, Sant’Anselmo.
Today the Great Roman Fabrizio texted to say that they will be singing for Mass on Sunday at SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini! This is the traditional Rite, FSSP parish in the City.
Apparently the monks left a couple guys behind to look after things.
SAVE THE BEER!
Last night as I was turning in another friend in Rome texted that he could feel aftershocks… again.
A couple photos from inside the church.
From the Norcia Benedictines:
Many of you have by now heard of the earthquake that struck us during the night. The quake was a powerful one with a magnitude of 6.2. We’ve taken the past few hours to assess the situation.
First: We are OK. We are alive, and there are no serious injuries to report. Sadly, there are many injuries to report among the people of the region, especially those in small mountain villages. Please pray for them. We monks will do what we can to contribute here on the ground, but we’ll need your spiritual support in a special way during this period.
Second: We, as many others in Norcia and surrounding areas, suffered a lot of damage to our buildings and especially to our basilica. It will take some time to assess the extent of the damage, but it is very sad to see the many beautiful restorations we’ve made to St. Benedict’s birthplace reduced, in a moment, to disrepair.
Third: What can you do? Please, pray for us, for those who have lost their lives, who have lost someone they love, who have lost their homes and livelihoods. We will need your help, as always but now in a special way, to start the project of rebuilding. Please consider making a gift to help us get started.
The Monks of Norcia
From someone in situ:
There is property damage, and damage in the churches, but all human lie is well. Reports are that my house is fine. They’re all standing in the piazza eating today’s cornetti, and praying the Rosary with the monks.
You might make a post that everyone in Norcia is fine, although the aftershocks continue.
However, it sounds like Amatrice got hammered. This is the place that gave the name to the famous spaghetti all’amatriciana. People are, as I write, trapped. I have Sky going.
In Norcia, there was some damage in the monastery church, to the St. Benedict altar.
I have been getting texts from friends in Italy. There was a series of earthquake – one at least 6.5 – near Norcia, Italy, where the wonderful Benedictine Monks are.
Keep them and all those in the area in your prayers. Pray against aftershocks, which do so much damage.
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui réspicis terram et facis eam trémere: parce metuéntibus, propitiáre supplícibus; ut, cujus iram terræ fundaménta concutiéntem expávimus, cleméntiam contritiónes ejus sanántem júgiter sentiámus. Per Dóminum.
Almighty and everlasting God, who by a glance dost make the earth tremble, spare the fearful, be propitious to the suppliant, that we may feel Thy mercy healing our afflictions; whose anger we fear rending the foundations of the earth. Through our Lord.