Nihil Amori Christi: to prefer nothing to the love of Christ

We are very blessed to have as the speaker for the John Paul II Forum in March (Saturday March 12, 830 am-11 am)  Dom Philip Anderson, Abbot of Clear Creek Monastery, Oklahoma.
The coat of arms for the Abbot teaches us about the Abbot and the monastery:
The blue (azure) background, besides being often seen as a Marian color, represents truth and loyalty. The six pointed, gold star has several meanings. It represents Christ Himself, who says in the book of the Apocalypse (22:16), “I am the root and stock of David, the bright and morning star”. It mainly represents in this blazon, however, the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose name has often been interpreted by Christian Saints as “Star of the Sea”. Finally, it reminds us of Peter of the Star, the founder of Fontgombault Abbey in France, Mother house of Clear Creek Abbey.
We also are reminded by the star of the comment of Pope John Paul II on St. Benedict — “In this black night of history, St Benedict was a luminous star.” (see our July 11 post on St. Benedict)
The Motto: NIHIL AMORI CHRISTI
These are the first words of a phrase used by Saint Benedict in his Rule (Chapter 4, Instrument 21) that has been a central inspiration of the monastic life, going back to the earliest centuries of the Christian faith. “To prefer nothing to the love of Christ”. More excellent even than the moral virtues of humility and obedience, the love of Christ belongs to the theological virtue of charity. This is what the monk attains to after having climbed the ladder of humility (Chapter7).
The Abbot will present two spiritual conferences on “Paradise Lost: The Rugged Road of the Beatitudes.” He will provide Lenten meditations on the gospel using the insights and teachings of St. Benedict and Pope John Paul II.
Abbot Anderson and the Prior, Father Bethel, both grew up in Kansas, and were students of the late John Senior at the University of Kansas, the program for Christian Culture. (On John Senior, see this .)
A homily by the Abbot, as well as other texts pertaining to the history of the Abbey maybe found on their website, found here)

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