Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmastide Announcement 2016

Dear Friends of Banyan Abbey,

A very Merry Christmas!  This Christmastide God has blessed Banyan Abbey with new, reinvigorating breath.  The work of Banyan Abbey had been temporarily placed on hiatus till such time as we were able to see God's clear instructions and manifestation of His blessing for us to continue to work as a community serving all God's people irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, faith or religious tradition.

After our recent move to Homestead, FL, the question of addressing the needs of the local community became the predominant concern for us to take to God in prayer.  Transitions of every sort have come - all positive and challenging the conclusions we'd drawn about where we were going to be in 6 months to the next 5 years or so.  The mutual support of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Anglican Mission in the Americas have been crucial to this new vision and mission for Banyan Abbey.  

As of December 2016, we have decided to begin our very own, independent wedding ministry.  This will bring Banyan Abbey to the attention of many new families, couples, organization across the
Tri-county area of (Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward).  We continue to provide Spiritual Direction and our Funeral ministries to anyone who is without a parish and the pastoral care necessary in times of crisis, uncertainty and grief.

We are currently developing a Bible study group and look forward to providing a location and times for Mass in the South Dade area.

Please keep us in your prayers and spread the word about Banyan Abbey.  Please feel free to share this website with your loved ones and friends.

Please also know of our prayers for each of you, your loved ones and for the peace of Almighty God to come over each and every one of you, your homes and lives - this Christmastide and always,

In Christ,

Daniel+

Monday, December 22, 2014

Advent

Advent is hard.  

For me, Advent serves as a humbling reminder that no matter what I anticipate or hope for this season,  God is always going to stretch my imagination and debunk any comfortable fantasy about what I want this Christmas to be like. 

I am not in control of Advent anymore than I am in control of another's understanding or interpretation of what Christmas is and should be.  In this sense,  Advent sobers me from the inebriated delusions I entertain about perfect family reunions and extraordinary Church events or ministries during this time of the rolling year.  Nevermind my sense of failure when I realize days have passed by and so has the daily office.  Bad monk, indeed.

Advent is a time of beauty if we see the grace of God's forgiveness and reconfiguration of our lives into the pattern of sainthood.  It is a remarkable time if we seek nature all the while dispelling our human nature who frets during this season. 
In my case, this is the result of feeling ashamed of the toil I undergo because real peace eludes me as I waste days entertaining the fictional Christmas and the real season slip through my hands like sand. 

I pray you let Advent be and you, me, all of us, take the greatest risk of all.  Wait, wonder, and willingly take Christ as He is and not as we image Him to be according to our whims and demands.

This is the new covenant.