A View from the Doors

One of our oldest members, Dean, died very recently. We praise God for his life, and ask God’s special blessing, comfort, and grace on his wife, two daughters, and his son.

One of our monastic customs is to take turns keeping vigil with the coffin in the church, for the day and night before the funeral. On Sunday, as all 250+ of us were accompanying the body of this faithful one into the church, I happened to look up through the great doors and see the bronze Angel of the Church of the Transfiguration looking down on us from atop the bell tower. I was suddenly struck with the type of awe and gratitude that sometimes comes in these “thin places” in life. There must, indeed, be holy ones keeping watch over all of us together, and each of us personally. Our weakness and strength, our sin and repentance, our joys and sorrows, our deepest sickness and our God-given health, are all gathered into Christ’s infinite love – bringing us, each one, safely home.

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About Blu's Brother

I arrived here in 1972, and became one of the first two brothers in 1974, when the community was very small. These forty years have been filled with challenges, changes, growth and maturation, with all the inevitable ups and downs of life. I've always loved singing in a group, have been greatly blessed to have been in Gloriae Dei Cantores for many years. I’m also passionate about the study and singing of Gregorian chant. I have a dog - or rather the brotherhood has a dog - named Blu, for which I am the caretaker. Blu and I seem to have a lot in common – for instance, we both think our way is the best way. Other things I really enjoy are hard work, jogging, the God-bless-'em Red Sox and New England Patriots, our own Spirit of America Band, being with my 25 brothers, listening to top notch singing, and reading good poetry - or anything else particularly well written.

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