A good message from a nearby abbot. I’m not sure where the referenced video is exactly; the Sentinel doesn’t provide a link on the story I linked just above. I did notice an introductory video at the top of their main video page. A good question is offered from the Rule:
Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?
I haven’t yet met Abbot Jeremy. My usual monastic haunt is a bit closer than Oregon. I’ve only visited Mount Angel once, and it was just in passing for a few hours some years ago. He represents monasticism and the Church very well.
Saint Benedict’s question to the seeker is quite apt for today, isn’t it? People, even many Catholics, have grave misunderstandings about monasteries. I can’t ever recall one I’ve visited that left me in anything other than a state of peace and calm. And we sure need those qualities in life these days.