Father Benedict writes...
"Why do you come regularly to your Lectio Group?" I asked a group of talented sophomore boys, whom Sergio Pérez had invited me to join for lectio. The boys — José, Sebastian, Victor and Marcelo — each gave me an answer: "Community," "Friends," "Help from the group," and the last — from Marcelo — "To be able to talk to God".
Then I asked one more question: "Do you know what Sergio promised this past Monday evening, at the service in our chapel?" No one knew. So I suggested to Sergio that he explain it to them.
"I promised obedience, conversion of life, and stability in the Manquehue community for one year," he said, "with a hope of renewing this promise yearly. This means that I will play an active role in teaching and living the faith here at San Lorenzo — but also in the greater Manquehue Community." We went on to read the Gospel of the day, and to listen to a teaching by the leader, and then we did the "echos."
This recent event in my life here at San Lorenzo is a parable of why I am spending 10 weeks in Santiago. Yes, I have been enjoying my time here, both the weekdays and the weekends, but best of all I have found what I was hoping to find: A loving welcome in Christ from a dynamic Catholic community. I'm especialy happy to be at San Lorenzo, where the kids come from not the best neighborhod, but who are full of the love of life.
My time of active participation in the school and in the community will end in the first week of December, at which point I will go to Perú to the EBC Monastery of the Incarnation, outside of Lima. A foundation of Belmont Abbey, the Monastery of the Incarnation is now a successful community with 6 Peruvian monks and one English monk, Prior David Bird OSB. Alex Echeandia, whom I know from my visit to St. Benet´s last year, was ordained a priest October 28th in Perú.
I hope to bring back to Priory insights from my experience here — of liturgy, prayer, community life, group lectio, and evangelization. The invitation of Christ is clear:
"I am at the door knocking. if anyone hears and opens to me, I will come in, and the two of us will have supper together." Apoc. 3:20.