We too are those disciples in the boat sent by Jesus to the other side of the sea. In the words of the early Church writer, Origen, “Faith is learned by risk.” During the fourth watch of our nights, how will we manage the winds and waves of our lives? Will we hold true to our faith, to our monastic vocation?
Reflecting on these questions, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, an early Iberian Christian poet, writes this:
Thus I by my loquacious tongue
From the heaven of silence am led
Into perils unknown and dark.
Not as Peter, disciple true ,
Confident in his virtue and faith,
I am one who unnumbered sins
Have shipwrecked on the rolling seas….
How easily can I be shipwrecked,
One untaught in seafaring arts,
Unless you, Almighty Christ,
Stretch forth your hand with help divine.