|The Cloister Walls - Spring|
The film began with Fr. Matthew saying, "When bad things happen, we always ask ourselves, why? Why would God allow this to be?" I had to smile. A very fitting response to the range of emotion swirling in me. Why indeed. I knew that this film was just what I needed, right now.
Later on in the film I learned Fr. Matthew had grown up and gone to school in Milton, Massachusetts - the very town I had taught in for 30 years before I retired! (You're right Janet...there are no coincidences!) His words were comforting and poignant. In an answer to his opening question he said, (and I paraphrase) "Sometimes there is no rational or satisfying answer, we can only go on living and do the best we can. Most importantly, we can not give into despair."
|A Garden Moment|
(On my way to the library to post this, I checked in on the little birds in the nest I'd seen on the day I arrived. They had left the nest, both of them. The nest was empty. Again, how fitting...I will leave this abbey "nest" tomorrow as well and I can't help but wish the little ones well as they explore their new and expanded world!)