I am sitting on the bench by the Cooper River,
The space where I feel I am a bridge between
The Outer and Inner world.
I am the COVID Virus and the Cure.
I am the Patient and the Doctor.
I am the Smog and the Clean Air.
I am the Grief of those who survive
And the Freedom of those who do not.
I am the Caged Feeling of pandemic
And Set Free into deeper and wider spaces.
I am the Fear of where this is taking us
And I am already there Beyond Fear.
I am experiencing the Last Hurrah to
An old self and way of doing things
And welcoming a New Enlivened self.
I am honoring my Need to Know
And letting things Flow.
I am Flowing Into all that is around me
And Out Of all living reality.
I Am All That Is.
Guerric Heckel, ocso May 2, 2020
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
To donate online, click here, or you may send a check to Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
Thank you and God bless you and your loved ones.
Fr. Joe Tedesco
Superior, Mepkin Abbey
Vocation Thought for the Day
“I sought the Lord and he answered me.” These words from the Psalms encourage us to seek God if we wish to understand God’s ways. God answers those who seek him. Our lives are more than finding ways to distract ourselves from boredom or worry. After surrendering the distraction of entertainments, what fills you with a sense of the goodness and richness of life?