|Society of Saint Edmund|
Fr. Tom Hoar, SSE, president of St. Edmund's Retreat, greets us at the beginning of his day with a reflection on the fourteenth Station of the Cross as illustrated by Jed Gibbons for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption on Enders Island in Mystic, CT. Father unpacks the symbolism hidden within the manuscript illumination to help us reflect on the connection between Christmas and Easter—between the swaddling clothes and the burial garments—and the certainty we can have in God's providence.
Fr. Tom takes us inside the Fisherman’s Chapel located just off the parlor inside of the Enders' House. There, he leads a brief meditation on the Apostle Peter, who had faith enough to step out of the boat onto stormy waves when Jesus beckoned him. Peter’s fear, which then caused him to begin sinking, is an icon of the fear and uncertainty that many of us feel today. In these trying times, we hear the words of scripture with new ears, “Be not afraid.” Will we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus—even when our faith feels weak? Let us get back up and continue living with that inner contentment of a life truly surrendered to God.
Fr. Tom reflects on the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, martyr for charity and a man of heroic virtue. He speaks also of the two Stations of the Cross to the left and right of his statue—located in the back left corner of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption on Enders Island. As he calls us to bold Christian action, Father reminds us that our journey through Lent and through this global trial is not one taken in isolation, but as an entire People of God. Let us be mindful of this unity, especially as our experience of the pandemic intensifies.