Pray for Norcia August 24, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, religious, sadness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
I had heard, vaguely, about an earthquake in Italy this morning, but I had no idea it struck so near to Norcia, a site very dear to all Catholics, but orthodox American Catholics especially, due to the admirable Benedictine community there. In fact, at this very multinational company at which I now work,I heard a co-worker from Italy being queried about this earthquake and lunchtime; apparently, he had been in touch with some family and they were ok, but some could not be found. So, I certainly pray for him.
The good news is that the community in Norcia relates that none of the monks were injured. That’s especially cheering to me, since we know one of them at least a little. The bad news is that the basilica and other facilities they have spent such great effort refurbishing and restoring have suffered significant damage. Even worse, ongoing aftershocks have forced all the monks but two to relocate to Rome for the time being. They are being hosted by the generosity of the Benedictine international headquarters at St. Anselmo, while two brothers remain in Norcia to watch over their monastery, sleeping in tents outside for safety.
The monks are asking for, first, prayer support, and, secondly, financial support. They are going to incur significant expenses, it may be expected, returning the basilica and other facilities to their former condition. Donations may be made here.
This is a very good community that is doing quite a bit of good work to try to restore a much more authentic practice of religious life in the Church today. One of their foremost concerns in this time of trial, as related by Rorate, was their ability to maintain the order of the Rule while they must relocate and undergo what must be a severe trauma. I am certain that with God’s grace they will succeed in doing so with little difficulty. The final note from the monks, that I’ve seen:
Please continue to pray for our community, and consider giving a gift (https://en.nursia.org/donations/) to help our effort to rebuild.
May God bless and sustain them, and shower them in His infinite mercy.
Please also, of course, maintain all those others suffering through this disaster in your prayers. The last I heard was 140 dead, with many more injured. The toll may continue to rise. Apparently, many of the small villages around Norcia were particularly devastated. We do not know why it pleases God to allow such things to happen, but we do know that He causes great good to come from them if we cooperate with His Grace.
Damage to the sanctuary, courtesy Rorate:
That is so sad.