Monday, August 21, 2017

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Monastery & Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia Suffer Devastation

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On Sunday, and for the third time this year, the facilities of the Benedictine Monastery on the actual site of the birthplace of their patron, St. Benedict, has undergone significant damage…this time devastating.  Several of us at CHI, including Cardinal Burke, are friends of the Monks, and we would encourage your prayers and financial support in their behalf.

Here is a letter received from Fr. Benedict today, and a link to their website:

Dear friends,

How can I even begin to describe the scene we witnessed yesterday in Norcia?

It was like those photographs of norcia-basilica-destroyed-103116bombed-out churches from the Second World War. It reminded me of all those ruined monasteries one sees passing through the English countryside. It was an image of devastation. All the churches in Norcia are on the ground. Every single one. The roofs caved in on all of them; they are no more. What remains of them are a few corners, a facade, a window with the sun

coming through from the wrong side. Inside are “bare ruin’d choirs” as Shakespeare wrote of the destroyed monasteries in his time.

The wonder, the miracle, is that there were no casualties. All the fear and anxiety following the first few earthquakes now seem a providential part of God’s mysterious plan to clear the city of all inhabitants. He spent two months preparing us for the complete destruction of our patron’s church so that when it finally happened we would watch it, in horror but in safety, from atop the town.

Is it over yet? We do not know. These are mysteries which will take years — not days or months — to understand. We watch and pray all together on the mountainside for Norcia and for the world. The priests go into town to visit the sick and the homeless. We are grateful for your prayers, as ever.

In Christ,
Fr. Benedict
Subprior

Note: If you want to help the rebuilding process, you can give to the monks by clicking here.