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God bless the monks, but, may I ask, SHOULD they rebuild there? Or are they better off, maybe, moving? I know nothing about the situation, so I ask.
Dr. Peters: Good question, I’ve thought that too. Here’s an excerpt from a recent newsletter:
“The earthquake has inspired us to re-visit this question [how to accommodate a growing community interested in agricultural work within the restricted space of Norcia], and the community has decided that the time has come to develop the monastery on the mountainside- San Benedetto in Monte.”
It also seems that the monks still want to maintain a presence in Norcia when tourists and pilgrims return in numbers.
Here’s an excerpt from a letter by Fr. Folsom last September when he was Prior:
“In the midst of quakes…two postulants received the habit and began their novitiate…In order to provide conditions more favorable [for their five-day retreat other than the dormitory tent with all the monks] for prayer and reflection, we arranged for them to stay in a nearby agriturismo [a B&B]…After one day, however, both Novice Justin and Novice Aidan asked to transfer back to the dormitory among the rest of their brethren…The other men in formation show equal courage and fortitude…”
I haven’t been there, but there’s only one birthplace of St Benedict. If the Basilica is rebuilt there need to be priests there.
I think I recognize that novice repairing the statue of Our Lady! These efforts will not be wasted.
“Uniting our prayers to those suffering . . . [we ask The Virgin] to intercede so that new life will spring up in these millennia-old towns and villages. Quia non est impossibile apud Deum.” I love it!
[cf.Dr. Peter’s question:] The question of whether or not to rebuild is an interesting one. In context, the Monks of Norcia built on that location for good reason (mentioned above by Semper Gumby). To rebuild in the face of suffering and loss, while facing the reality of similar future disaster and loss, is to “walk” with the people in that region who face the same suffering. There is something beautiful about this, since many of these monks are priests who provide the sacraments to the citizens of Norcia (as well as the comfort of making the Church visibly present to them). The beauty of God is self-evident, to be sure. It is nowhere more present than where Catholic priests minister Penance and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, especially where suffering abounds.
“Uniting our prayers to those suffering … [we offer a community Rosary to Our Lady] asking her to intercede so that new life will spring up in these millennia-old towns and villages. Quia non est impossibile apud Deum.”
I love it!
Regarding the question of rebuilding or finding a new location: I think that rebuilding is to “walk” with the others who live in that region. As well as the other reasons that Semper Gumby gives above. As St. Paul write to the Romans, the presence of God is self-evident. It is nowhere more evident than where the priest confers the mercy of God in Penance, and also offers the sacrifice of the Mass.
Lucas Whittaker: Good points.
The excerpt from Fr. Nivakoff’s email in Lucas Whittaker’s comment brings to mind several posts from the monk’s website. One post dated last Oct. 22, a week before the second earthquake that destroyed the Basilica, describes Cdl. Sarah’s visit to Norcia.
An excerpt: “In the early hours of October 22, we gathered together for the Cardinal’s blessing of our temporary living quarters. After sprinkling the kitchen, scriptorium, beds and chapel, he declared gently but powerfully: “I am certain that the future of the Church is in the monasteries… because where prayer is, there is the future.””
The monks’ library was blessed by Cdl. Ratzinger and as Pope he donated many books to the monastery. (Nov. 2016 post).
The monastery’s “Deep Roots” campaign is from a line in the Tolkien poem All That is Gold Does Not Glitter: “Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
One more item- about another monastery, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. Last weekend the Wall Street Journal ran a feature on the Abbey as its Saturday Essay. Most of it is behind a paywall but the writer, Ian Lovett, has it in full via his Twitter account. Great photos with this essay. Big Pulpit and Rod Dreher at the American Conservative have links to Lovett’s essay. Here is the essay’s opening:
“When the first few monks arrived in Hulbert, Okla., in 1999, there wasn’t much around but tough soil, a creek and an old cabin where they slept as they began to build a Benedictine monastery in the Ozark foothills. Dozens of families from California, Texas and Kansas have since followed, drawn by the abbey’s traditional Latin Mass…”
Semper Gumby: Thanly you! My original post was yet more articulate, but somehow, after pressing “Post”, my writing disappeared. Gone! Still, suffering and the Church are subjects close to my heart.
Nulla tenaci invia est via.