Okay. It's time that a little discipline were applied to this blog. At least ten times during the last few months I've made the resolution to begin contributing again, and then "something" gets in the way and it doesn't happen. My guess is that that "something" is probably Original Sin. But then again I may just be trying to blame something outside of myself for what I should recognize as simply laziness.
Be all that as it may, the point is to keep trying. So here we go...
This morning, here at Mont La Salle in Napa, we are hosting the first Discernment Weekend for men interested in the Brothers vocation. They arrived yesterday and for the next three days or so there will be times for conversation and lots of time for quiet reflection, prayer, and the absorbing of the ambiance of Mont La Salle. Six individuals are participating. The great advantage is that the novices are here this year, so the three of them will have a good effect on the whole experience, I believe. The location for the retreat is the Novitiate and I've included enough "fun" things to keep it interesting. For several of the meals, we will be joining the Provincialate community.
The hope is that through their time here these men will be exposed to lots of Brothers and pick up something of the spirit of what we are about. Given the time given to reflection, the resources provided, and the direct contact with two specific communities, it is hoped that they will be able to move forward in their discernment process.
A couple of prayers sent our way from you would be helpful. After all, God's Providence has a big role to play in all of our vocations, if St. John Baptist de La Salle is any example for us.