Marist Music

Michael Herry is a Marist Brother working as a pastoral musician, mainly in the Melbourne Archdiocese. Br Herry writes scripture-based chants specifically for the Christian calendar.  Brother Herry is passionate about the interface between music and prayer and the challenge it offers us as Christians sharing the Good News.

Day 14 Burgos

It's afl grandfinal day, but of course the match was this morning,  the result perhaps a bit disappointing but for the many 'proud, passionate and paid - up' Hawks supporters. (Congratulations to the Deeds (my niece's family), Jeff Kennett, John McMahon,('Oops, Magpie supporter, but he was at the game' Kath) Fr Gerry McKernan at Templestowe. I hope today's homily didn't suffer too much from your celebrations,  Gerry!)

It's quiet here in the garden of the Brothers community in Burgos, a beautiful garden, about half a footy field,  fruit trees,  garden seats, and a large,  commercial size hot house,  tended by the brothers,  and the source of many fresh vegetables including the home - grown tomatoes with olive oil and fresh baguette bread, that made up our first course at lunchtime.

The place here was a former juniorate,  now used as a retreat / conference centre for schools staffs, parish groups and visiting communities.

I've had a quiet day. I did some washing (a daily chore as I have minimal clothes,  in fact minimal everything, like perhaps the pilgrims of old....  but for my Merrill shoes,  Gortex raincoat,  Bank Card and phone,  the latter being my constant companion. But the phone has been handy, and thanks to an excellent app, Universalis,  I have the Office at my fingertips,  the daily mass readings and the mass in Spanish.

Today at lunch time I was introduced to a visiting community of brothers who were spending the day here. working on their community plan for the year. We had mass together,  then a fine meal. The 2nd course was a sea food risotto (I think they were calling it a paella,  and 3rd course: a melt-in-your mouth pork dish of morsels in an apple sauce. Really delish with wines, liqueurs and coffee to conclude.  Needless to say I had a long siesta. It's now nearly 8pm, and getting a bit cooler. I think prayers will be at 8.30pm then supper at 9.00  Community prayers go for longer here and there seems more of them, certainly on weekends.

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to mass next door in a community of Carthusian monks who have been here since the 1400s.They live a very quiet life so I'm told,  in fact living almost entirely alone, (even eating)  but they come together for the monastic Prayer). One of the monks says mass on Sundays for visitors and they open up the church. But as for the monks themselves, you neither see nor even hear them. Mass is quiet and quite brief, and I think they follow their own Carthusian rite. Finally,  for those of you who knew Mum, say a prayer for her.  She would have been 100 yesterday,  and she very nearly made it!!! God bless,  Michael