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The Beloved Disciple
Long into the night we talked. Our minds were
in turmoil. What should we do now? Back
and forth our anxious conversation volleyed.
We had believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the
promised Messiah. We had been his disciples,
journeying with him everywhere, counting on
him to inaugurate the Kingdom of God. Now
he was discredited, dead, cursed by being hung
on a tree. All our hopes were shattered. It was
as though our lives had come to a complete
halt. Exhausted, one by one we finally fell
asleep where we sat.
As dawn was breaking a few hours
later, someone pounded on the
door. At first we feared the temple
police had dis-covered us. Our
hearts stopped. But then we heard
a woman’s voice. Simon Peter
quickly opened the door. It was
Mary of Magdala. She was almost
out of breath. At first we could not
make out what she was trying to
tell us, but finally we caught the
gist of it.
happened at Jesus’ tomb. The big
round stone that sealed it had been
rolled aside. What now? Simon
Peter and I exchanged looks.
Without further ado we started running toward
Being younger, I outran Simon Peter and got to
the tomb first. Since he was our leader, however, I waited for him to catch up before I
dared enter. While I waited, I peered into the
shadowy tomb. Jesus’ body was indeed gone!
After Simon Peter caught up with me and
entered the tomb, I followed. The linen shroud
that had covered the body was in one place and
the face cloth was in another spot, neatly
folded. Body-snatchers would not have bothered to do that! I had the sudden conviction that
Jesus himself had folded it. JESUS WAS
Not knowing what else to do, Simon Peter and
I headed back to the upper
room. He was dumbfounded
and didn’t know what to think.
My mind was in a whirl, with
too much to think about.
There was no doubt that Jesus
had died. I had been at the
cross. I had seen him die.
The soldiers, who had a lot of
experience crucifying people,
knew he was dead and didn’t
bother to break his legs so he
would be unable to breathe.
Yet now I was suddenly
convinced that he was alive.
How could this be? It was impossible, yet
somehow I knew that it must be true.
(Cont. on page 2)
(Beloved Disciple: from pg.1)
We felt alone and become
on Saturday. Once more we
same place of death! W
trooped to church to see the tabIS RISEN! Alleluia! H
Then Mary was knocking on
ernacle open and empty. We,
turned to life, just as w
the door again. This time she
too, felt empty. It was not a day
have during these days
What had he said? I raked my was radiant with joy. She said
but to pray. We sat in
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brought us…or we laugh in deward to the Joy of Holy
conducted by Sr.
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the joy of Li
joy. What are we celebrating?
of the Benedictine
Sisters and to
to our readers
As we enter church once more
but we sensed that it had to be
grace is that the Easter Season goes for 50
we see the lights, the candles,
riddles or poetically. Know- the greatest event in human
days.assisted Fr. Daniel Petsche, the
ing now that he had been history. What could it mean
me, for TO
was a visit,
end of February
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by Jim Scully
and a numeverything. I felt like I had
long-time friend of the community
forward.of establishing an informal
with their comIn response
to the visitation
as a we
It is our hope
care council, and hope to stillenhance
Now the Lord is the Spirit,
of lay volunteers to assist
and where the Spirit of the
on to attend
Lord is, there is freedom.
All of us, gazing with
unveiled face on the glory
of the Lord, are being
friends. and insight on the
theme of "the
transformed into the same
grateful that the It was
Beneus an extended
image from glory to glory,
to getI this
as from the Lord who is the
to be used
I was when
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Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii
Spouse of the Holy Spirit Monastery
built as hisEaster
all, and his next
younger brother Anthony (5Fr.
helped locate and clear the sites for the
crosses and set up the benches as his Eagle
scout project. They both did marvelous work
Clockwise from top right: Sr. Dawn
and Fr. Daniel with community at
Visitation, Prayer with Fr. Michael
on 91st Birthday, Sr. Ann & Fr.
Michael on one of two new golf
carts, Fr. Michael and then Michael
and Sr. Mary Jo at the park.
BY THE WAY...
❑ In celebrating a very special
b i r t h d a y, t h e c o m m u n i t y
headed over to the Hoomaluhia
Botanical Gardens, the other
side of the island. On April 11,
the day blest us with beautiful
weather to honor Fr. Michael’s
91st birthday. A long walk
down winding paths to the
shelter by the lake provided
laughter, time for snacks and
rest. Praying outdoors always is
a blessing. A gift of a beautiful
cake awaited us when we
❑ Liturgical Update: Holy Week
days of prayer and special
liturgies ushered us into the
awesome celebration of Jesus’
resurrection, highlighted with
the songs of alleluias and
accounts of the events of Jesus’
appearances to chosen women
disciples. The readings
that follow, lead us into the
feasts of the Ascension of Jesus
and Pentecost. Through the
liturgy we are united with
God’s people around the world.
In this awareness of how united
we are in the body of Christ,
the needs of the nations of the
world remind us to pray for
God’s suffering children.
❑ Construction Update: The
guys from Resurrection of the
Lord parish (our 1st Saturday
workday crew) have been hard
at it and recently completed a
multi-month project of
cleaning, prepping, priming
and painting all of the steel
support posts and braces under
our three “Force 10” residence
buildings. We used a special
two-part epoxy paint so we
expect their efforts to hold up
for quite a few years. We are
very appreciative of their work.
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Permit No. 1237
Dec 5: Community remembers Fr. Tim Ottman
at Mass honoring the 2nd anniversary of his
Dec 7: All go to Assaggio’s at noon to celebrate
GS’ birthday (12/8); also watch evening
DVD: “Little Boy” with popcorn, etc.
Dec 8: GS and AC attend Opening Mass for the
“Year of Mercy” on Solemnity of Immaculate
Conception at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral.
Dec 19: Community hosts BCC workday.
Christmas trees are put up to be decorated at
end of Advent: 12/21 and 12/22.
Dec 29: MJ’s birthday at friends: evening prayer,
Chinese catered supper and fellowship.
Feb 6: MJ, GS, AC, BM attend Day for
Consecrated Life at Co-Cathedral.
Feb 25: MS, GS, AC, BM attend Human Life
International’s Day for Clergy & Religious with
Fr. Shenan Boquet, who has spoken on behalf
of “Life” in 50+ countries in the last 5 years.
Feb 27: Bella Leonardi, her family and other
Catholic Homeschool Families, make a Rosary
Garden on the monastery grounds just north
of Fr. David’s office.
Mar 2: Community welcomes Fr. Shenan
Boquet of Human Life International, Fr.
Manny Hewe, and Deacon Walter Yashimitsu
as they visit the monastery.
Mar 5: GS attends “24 hours for the Lord” at
Our Lady of Peace Cathedral for hour covered
by Rachel’s Vineyard: 5-6 am. MJ, MS and BM
also attend: 9-10 am with BCC community.
Apr 6: CC does blessing & prayer for Kaimana
Morales’ ‘Make A Wish Foundation’ event at
Pokai Bay, Waianae.
Apr 11: Community celebrates MS 91st
birthday with a visit to a windward botanical
garden and supper at an Italian restaurant.
Apr 13: Marie Barfknecht, DB’s mom and MS’s
sister, heads home after great 6 week visit.
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
MS- Fr. Michael Sawyer
AC- Sr. Ann Cic
DB- Fr. David Barfknecht GS- Sr. Geralyn Spaulding
MJ- Sr. Mary Jo McEnany CC- Sr. Celeste Cabral
BM- Benjamin Martinez
Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii
P. O. Box 490
Waialua, HI 96791-0490
FROM THE DAILY LOG:
24 Reconciliation Damien H.S. - Camp
Homilani 4:30 pm - Fr. David.
1 Oblate Sun. 2 pm monastery-Dr. John
Seah - “Gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
17 Home school family day at monastery.
21 St. John’s Mililani, youth retreat day.
5 Oblate Sun. 2 pm monastery.
16 Home school family day at monastery.
25 Knights of Columbus and Women’s
Guild retreat from St. John’s Mililani.
3 Oblate Sun. 2 pm monastery.
9 BCC youth pre-retreat at monastery
(team) Mass 8:30 am.
15-17 BCC youth retreat - St. Anthony’s Kalihi Call: 285-0254 for info.
20-Aug 20 DB/MS Home Visit-Fr. Rojas here.
7 Oblate Sun. 2 pm monastery-Gary &
Val Streff-“Care of the sick & dying.”
13 BCC young-adult/adult pre-retreat at
monastery (team) Mass 8:30 am.
19-21 BCC young-adult/adult retreat - St.
Anthony’s - Kalihi 285-0254 for info.
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Editor: Fr. David Barfknecht
Address: P.O. Box 490
Waialua, HI 96791