Our last post focused on what a typical morning was like at the monastery at Labuan Bajo. Our visit in early March gave us a very well rounded understanding of the many tasks and outreach programs that the brothers and young aspirants participate in during the afternoons and evenings. During our stay at the mission, we were given the experience of joining with the brothers in visiting poor families in the town, catching up on the brothers during their afternoon tasks, watching their outdoor games and teaching the local children English during the Sunday afternoon classes.

Most importantly we experienced the brothers tending the disabled residents that live permanently in their apostolate, attending Stations of the Cross on Fridays during the Lenten period, praying daily rosary and of course quiet prayer before night. Our time was certainly busy, but fruitful and we were very appreciative to witness the wonderful gifts that these young men have in living out the Beatitudes of Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

See you next time with more updates, including an up to date post on the sponsor children: signing off for now, Trevor and Tina Lambkin (7 June 2016).

1. We start to visit poor families that have sponsored children

We start to visit poor families that have sponsored children

2. Letters from the Australian sponsors are delivered to the families

Letters from the Australian sponsors are delivered to the families

3. Br Nerlito administers the sponsorship on the ground at Labuan Bajo

Br Nerlito administers the sponsorship on the ground at Labuan Bajo

4. Record keeping is important for the sponsor child's family and the sponsor in Australia

Record keeping is important for the sponsor child’s family and the sponsor in Australia

5. Br Marc with sponsor child Giu with his family

Br Marc with sponsor child Giu and his family

6. Some shopping, ...

Some shopping, …

7. ...at the hardware store...

…at the hardware store…

8. ...and back at the monastery receiving the supermarket supplies

…and back at the monastery receiving the supermarket supplies

9. Jobs at the monastery continue, water filling...

Jobs at the monastery continue, water filling…

10. ...and cleaning

…and cleaning

11. As the sun sets a little, then time for games

As dusk settles, then time for games

12. On a Sunday the brothers teach English to the local children

On a Sunday afternoon the brothers teach English to the local children

13. There are about 80 children in the English class

There are about 80 children in the English class

14. Then feeding the children after class

Then feeding the children after class

15. Other brothers then feed the disabled residents in the apostolate

Other brothers then feed the disabled residents in the apostolate

16. Tend to their well-being, ...

Tend to their well-being, …

17. ...and more importantly give them love

…and more importantly provide them with love and attention

18. During Lent, Friday's Stations of the Cross, starts in the chapel...

During Lent, Friday’s Stations of the Cross, starts in the chapel…

19. ...and travels through the whole monastery

…and travels through the whole monastery

19a. The 2016 group of aspirants after dinner

The 2016 group of young aspirants after dinner

20. The rosary is a mandatory part of the day right on dusk

The rosary is a mandatory part of the day, right on dusk

21. The sun sets on Labuan Bajo

The sun sets on Labuan Bajo

22. Night prayer starts with song

Night prayer starts with song

23. Then meditation

Then meditation

24. A short homily by Br Geoffrey on tomorrow's Gospel and then...

A short homily by Br Geoffrey on tomorrow’s Gospel reading and then…

25. ...silent prayer

…silent prayer

26. 'Protect us Lord as we stay awake, watch over us as we sleep'

‘Protect us Lord as we stay awake, watch over us as we sleep’

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