Sunday, August 28, 2016


Last summer, I became retired as a monastery ranch worker and hay farmer.  It happens.  Irrigation work was being done by machine.  A local rancher was coming in to take the hay.  It was a transition for which I was not prepared.  I tried to read, study, research and prepare for future teachings, but I missed the ranch.  I stayed only seven weeks.  This year, I was ready to be "retired" from physical labor.  I brought plenty of books, did lots of research and preparation for future teachings, and taught more at the monastery and in town than ever before.  It was a wonderful summer.  I told the Abbot that someday I may forget to leave.  He seemed fine with that.  I know that I do not have what it takes to be a monk in a monastery full time.  But I also know that God is at work, and more will be revealed.