AN INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE TRIBUTES TO FRIENDS OF SHANTIVANAM


- WE REMEMBER THE MANY FRIENDS OF SHANTIVANAM WHO HAVE MOVED TO THE FURTHER SHORE -



THE TOMB OF SISTER MARIE LOUISE AT THE ENTRANCE OF ANANDA ASHRAM WITH THE ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE OF SHANTIVANAM IN THE BACKGROUND

MAY SHE CONTINUE TO GUIDE ANANDA ASHRAM IN SPIRIT TOGETHER WITH FR JULES MONCHANIN, SWAMI ABHISHIKTANANDA AND FR. BEDE GRIFFITHS

SR MARIE LOUISE PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY 12TH MARCH 2017 AT 08:45PM AT ANANDA ASHRAM  (PHOTO SHARED BY SR. SANJEEVANI)


SR PASCALINE SHARES SOME MEMORIES OF SR. PRISCILLA
DURING THEIR TIME AT OSAGE FOREST OF PEACE
SR. PRISCILLA PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 2016


Sr Priscilla loved Fr. Bede and attended him hand and foot whenever he arrived in the Forest. Early on in the Forest we had a small building to accommodate Father's lectures and had the building christened: "St. Bede's'.  Whenever he spoke Sr. Priscilla would stand in the doorway lest anyone needed anything, if they let her know.  Once when Fr. Amaldos had accompanied Fr. Bede to our Forest of Peace and Sr.Priscilla was waiting in the doorway to observe needs while listening, Fr.Bede realized he had left his glasses in his cabin.  But before Sr.Priscilla could start out toward Father's cabin, Fr. Amaldos sped past her and was back with Fr.Bede's glasses in no time! Now she is eternally with him, not just at the door but heart to heart.    

As a young Sister she was assigned serving the Fathers' in their special dining room. Some were our own Mass Celebrants, others were student seminarians on occasion. Fr. Joe so appreciated Sr.Priscilla's graciousness that at the time of his Ordination for Priesthood he made a gift of his Ordination bands to her and after joining the Navy as a chaplain he wrote to her about his tasks from "ship to ship" when he was pullied and swung from one ship to a 2nd one in order to distribute Holy Communion.  He treasured Sr. Priscilla's letters and she - his. 
Her l00th Birthday was Aug. 12, 2016 .  Fr. Joe, Fr.Bede and Sr's family were eagerly awaiting Sister's arrival when Jesus HImself brought her into his heavenly home on Sept. 22, 2016.

One heart sr. pascaline 





“You will never find rest until you discover your inner Montserrat!”

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)



Raimon Panikkar

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Raimon Panikkar

(Barcelona 3rd November 1918 – Tavertet 26th August 2010)

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Fr. Bruno Barnhart  osb Cam. (l931-20l5)       A wisdom whizzard with a Boiling Heart!


Arthur Paul Barnhart was born April l0th, l931 in Long Island, N.Y. and as his beloved community of Camaldolese monks described his passing - as "Fr. Bruno Barnhart" "he passed peacefully into the arms of Holy Wisdom on November 28, 20l5."  Indeed, Fr.Bruno was a wisdom whizzard with a boiling heart! , leaving behind for the rest of us among written books: The Future of Wisdom.  Fr. Bruno described the "attraction that we experience in the Eastern spiritual traditions today as the magnetism of wisdom: a knowing  which is life, inner experience and union".  And he saw this as that which drew his great friend and spiritual teacher at Shantivanam, Fr. Bede Griffiths - to India, and what Fr. Bede communicated to us in his talks and writings.


After Fr. Bede passed to the Other Shore on May 13, 1993, Fr. Bruno came annually to celebrate Fr.Bede's Mahasamadhi (anniversary of death day), at Osage Monastery Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.  Fr. Bede had visited O+M some five times and was present for our first Eucharist celebrated on a canvas on the Forest floor with our small community of Benedictine Sisters and several temporary members.  He called O+M "the Shantivanam of the West" and said it was the most peaceful place he had ever been, always sharing some of his wisdom gifts with us.


Fr. Bruno would come each year to help us celebrate Fr. Bede's "Maha" which always included a wonderful sharing from Fr. Bruno on some aspect of Fr. Bede's wisdom writings.  We would invite neighbors and friends and a few of the pastors from surrounding Churches including our own Catholic pastor.  And from this "audience" there came forth interesting questions, the answers to which were much appreciated coming from Fr. Bruno.  This was the climax of the celebration which followed a meal for all present after an earlier afternoon trip to the new Hindu temple with a short input from our friend, Raj Ragavan on some aspect of Hindu wisdom.  


We usually prepared a large basket of food for the Hindu priest and his wife and after receiving a blessing we departed for O+M for supper and Fr. Bruno's input on holy Wisdom' wherein he would tell us in one way or another:


      "The event of Christ, through Baptismal initiation, has endowed us with a unitive divine light in which everything--the world, history, and our own being--can become newly transparent, that is, intelligible."                                                                                              (from: The Future of Wisdom)


Sr. Pascaline Coff, osb


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Father John Oliver passed away suddenly on the 4th July 2013. He was an Anglican priest, who founded the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative (CTII) in South Africa following the Parliament of World Religions which was held in Cape Town in 1999. Fr. John was a tireless supporter of interreligious harmony and was always ready to support initiatives promoting peace and dialogue among religions.

“One of my heroes, Fr Bede Griffiths, a Benedictine monk who lived for over half a century in India running a Hindu Christian Ashram, says that ‘the time has come to share one another’s spiritual riches’. And ‘the meeting has to take place, not with doctrines and arguments, but at the level of interior experience.’

It is my experience working in the CTII that real dialogue happens when we speak from the heart and share our common humanity.” 

Fr. John Oliver

 

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