Suscipe me, Domine, secundum eloquium tuum et vivam, et non confundas me ab expectatione mea.
Receive me, Lord, as you have promised, and I shall live; do not disappoint me in my hope.
- Rule of St. Benedict 58:21 [tr. RB 1980]; Psalm 118:116
We have taken the first words of this verse as the title of this blog, because it is a centerpiece of our monastic profession – both of the rite of profession itself, and as the goal of the monastic life. To be received by the Lord, to dwell with the Triune God in eternity – this is the hoped for end or goal of the monastic life for each monk, for the monastery as a whole, and indeed, for all the faithful. Our intent with this blog is to help build up a culture of vocations in the Church, and to share the fruits of the monastic life, especially as lived at Conception Abbey.
While this blog is a work of the Abbey Vocation Office, with the aim of encouraging vocations to the Abbey, we welcome all readers. The hoped for end of the monastic life – eternal life in our heavenly home is, after all, the hoped for end of all the faithful, is it not? Our patriarch asks us at the end of his Rule: Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? In the Christian life in general we “run forth to meet” Christ, “so that gathered at his right hand,” we might “be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom” [Collect of the First Sunday of Advent]. We monks, like all the faithful, do not receive the grace of God solely for our own benefit, but rather that we might all be cooperating members of Christ’s Body. St. Benedict says that guests too are to be received [suscipiantur] as Christ [53:1] – and so we welcome all visitors to this blog.
We are aided in running out to meet Christ by grace received in Baptism, by fortification received at Confirmation, and by sustenance from the Body and Blood of Christ – and we monks have additionally the help of many brothers, the mercy of God in the fellowship of the community, and numerous examples of the good zeal that leads to heaven and everlasting life. We pray that what you read on this blog will help you, whatever your state in life, to ‘Listen to the precepts of the Master with the ear of your heart.’
Fr. Frowin, O.S.B.
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