Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | September 28, 2011

A Note from Mother Melania

We  have a special friend in her second year at Holy Assumption Monastrey in Calistoga, and thanks to her good graces, they haven’t taken my name of the mailing list – yet. And here’s a note sent from Mother Melania that caught my eye. Seems worth a wider look… if only a small-time blog like this were up to the task! I liked her turn of a common thought in a new direction. Old hat to some, still new to this old codger.

“Dear Friends of Holy Assumpion Monastery,

In September, we are blessed with two Great Feasts – the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Cross. In the service for the Nativity of the Theotokos, there is the beautiful verse that speaks of Christ as the Hope of the Hopeless, Who causes His mother to spring forth from a barren root. Christ is the one sure Hope, but He is not the Hope of those who still have hope in themselves, nor those who do not know themselves to be barren – in our case, not of children but of holiness.

On the Elevation of the Cross (and in fact, every day at matins), we ask God to grant us “the invincible trophy, the weapon of peace.” Ironically, though, we must turn this invincible weapon towards our own souls and allow it to kill everything within ourselves that is not at peace with God. Then, we will see for ourselves why the Cross is the weapon of peace and invincible trophy.

We live in very uncertain times. Many of us constantly agonize over the economy, the war on terror, the deterioration of the moral fiber of our culture… Yet while we still have hope in our goodness and ability to bring peace, our hopes will constantly be dashed and our peace remain insecure. However, to the degree that we come to terms with our own barrenness and our own lack of peace with God, we will be bearers of Christ and His peace to the world around us.

with love in Christ,

Mother Melania and the community of Holy Assumption Monastery”


Responses

  1. “However, to the degree that we come to terms with our own barrenness and our own lack of peace with God, we will be bearers of Christ and His peace to the world around us.”

    This requires a lot of thought and a lot of prayer on my part. Thanks for sharing this.


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