New Vocations 2010

Here in the midst of the Triduum we stand, pulled tight between the reality of our Lord dead and buried, and our longing for his return. Through this most powerful of all liturgies, our community is animated by the powers of life and death, and each of us lives out the tension of Christ's passion, death and resrrection in his own way.

Sometimes we hang crucified along with Him, and sometimes we call for his crucifixion; sometimes we hear him walking in the garden of our soul and hide, and sometimes we brandish a sword against his enemy. Sometimes we die with him, that sometimes we may live with him.

But united as a community, we are beacons of divine love shining into the night that has, by the grace of God, called forth two new postulants: Robert and Jesus. They have joined us in the tension of Triduum, in the transformative tension of monastic life.

When asked to share their thoughts and feelings about entry into Mount Angel Abbey at this auspicious time Robert and Jesus said:

«As the Lenten season draws to a close, and the manifold mysteries of Easter begin to unfold, I reflect on all that has transpired in the last few years, months, weeks, and days in order for me to be here today. I am at once extremely humbled, almost shamed, and at the same time filled with great hope, inspiration, and awe.»

Robert Love

«It is only by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that I am now a postulant at Mt. Angel Abbey. I can't put into words how I am feeling. Yes, Jesus Christ has called me, an unworthy servant, to live in a community of like-minded men. I could not ask for a better time to join this monastery. In the middle of the Triduum and together we move into the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. What better way to prove my love for Christ then to live in a monastic community and prove my love for my brother.»

Jesus Leija

Please keep Robert and Jesus in your prayers.