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  1. Hi
    My first opportunity to use a blog.. I would like to post some pictures of the activities we have been involved in at the Abbey. How is this done.

  2. I just got this info from Br. Webmaster regarding the posting of photos: The problem with photos is that the new HD smartphones crash the 2 MB limit on Word Press pages. If you have PhotoShop–or any other image editor–just resize them to 1024 x 768, and they work. FYI.

  3. The pictures on the home page are fantastic! Thanks for taking the, Fr. Paul; and thanks for posting them Br. Webmaster (yes, I know who you are!). LOL!

  4. Re:Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul – June 29
    The Benedictines are beginning the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, patrons of the abbey church.
    How do you remember these saints?
    By their inspirational letters in the Bible?
    By their sins? Peter denied Christ three times. Paul persecuted the Christians.
    My favorite memory is their faithfulness. Sts. Peter and Paul persevered in their faith in spite of everything.
    “I have kept the faith,” Paul wrote as he approached the end of life on earth. Peter kept the faith too.
    The church did not need retirement plans back them.
    Many, like Sts. Peter and Paul, were rewarded for their faithfulness by being put to death as martyrs.
    Our saints are good examples for us who persevere in our faithfulness by attending church and living as Christians in our families and communities.

  5. Coincidence! Just this afternoon I was putting together some pages for my parish’s July/August Newsletter, of Feast Days – there’s an awful lot of them in the Orthodox (old) calendar: July 7 Nativity of John the Baptist, July 12 Sts Peter and Paul…and on it goes through St Vladimir the Great and Prophet Elias and finally Feast of the Dormition (Assumption) of the Theotokos.

    The point however is Peter and Paul. July 12 marks the end of the Apostles’ Fast and so the first day Orthodox couples can marry. This is my parents’ wedding day in 1939 and I’ve learned, from rereading my father’s memoirs, that his mother, my Baba, was horrified when dad introduced her to his fiancee, announcing a wedding date in the middle of the Fast.Horrors! Folklorically, on the Canadian prairie, I also learned that July 12 is traditionally the day that wheat “heads out.”

    I confess that St Peter has never meant much to me, spiritually, in spite of his being The Rock. I think I’d get pretty tired of his rather bumbling company. I am, however, fascinated by St Paul. I’ve had to clean a lot of my early feminist prejudices out of my head to approach him as a Christian woman, and he pays dividends when I do. Certainly his Letters, although only a handful are authenticated and Romans is a theological brain-twister. His Greetings to all those amazing women who were among his followers and community leaders. (I’ve been hard at work writing a blog about Deaconesses in the Eastern Church, as inspired by the first one, Phoebe, see Romans.) His manic energy running around the Mediterranean establishing Christian ecclesia and then trying to keep them from falling apart. (Those Corinthians!) Most of all, his majestic transformation when he was called by the Risen Christ. For me, his journey is a never-ending source of inspiration,and challenge in the face of doubt.

    Finally, I love this Feast Day of the Two Apostles because of its significance to both Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians. On Sts Peter & Paul Day In 2004, Pope John Paul II, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew present (the spiritual leader of us Orthodox), reminded us that, 40 years earlier in 1964, the “blessed meeting” took place in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I of Greece. It was the beginning of the long path to reconciliation of the sister churches of Constantinople and Rome, separated by schism since 1054.

    “That meeting cannot be only a memory. It is a challenge for us! It indicates a path of reciprocal rediscovery and reconciliation. A path that is certainly not easy, or free of obstacles. In the moving gesture of our predecessors in Jerusalem, we can find the strength to overcome every misunderstanding and difficulty, to consecrate ourselves tirelessly to this commitment to unity.”

    How encouraging, then, the frequent meetings of Francis and Bartholomew! Thank you, Peter and Paul!

    What does this have to do with being an Oblate? In fact, it’s the ongoing question I pose myself: how to find a “fit” within Benedictine spirituality as an Eastern Christian.I await enlightenment.

  6. I just got this info from Br. Webmaster regarding uploading pictures: Most smart phones have pictures the size of 2 MB or larger which will crash the Word Press pages. So, all you have to do is resize the pictures to about 1024×768, and they should work like a charm.

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