Monasticism and contemplation
The calendar this week features an important feast from a monastic point of view, in the feast of the Transfiguration.
Transcendance is of course central to the monastic vocation: for monks are privileged watchers of the Divine who, by virtue of their very existence, point us to heaven. And in this, the Transfiguration foreshadows the Ascension.
For monks and nuns, the feast is a surely a celebration of their vocation.
But for Oblates and others living in the world, too, it is a reminder of the need, at times, to simply be, not do, to watch with the gaze of faith.
In the traditional Benedictine calendar this week:
Sun 4 Aug Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; First Sunday of August
Mon 5 Aug Class IV; Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, Memorial
Tues 6 Aug Transfiguration of Our Lord, Class II
Wed 7 Aug Class IV; SS Sixtus II, Felicissimus and Agapitus, Memorials
Thurs 8 Aug Class IV; St Cyriacus, Memorial
Fri 9 Aug Vigil of St Lawrence, Class III
Sat 10 Aug St Lawrence, Class II