July 7, 2015

Labouré Aspirant, Justin Leedy, Attends Norcia Gala in New England

justin-leedy-father-nixenA friend and benefactor generously helped me to attend this year’s Norcia Gala in Connecticut. While there I had the opportunity to reconnect with Fr. Basil Nixen, OSB and Fr. Benedict Nivakoff, OSB. Both monks are now famous recording artists with a #1 album on Billboard. They took time out of their busy weekend in America to talk with me about my discernment, spiritual life, and progress toward the monastery. A favorite monastic quotation from Fr. Basil: “They asked St. John the Dwarf [a Desert Father] what a monk is. He said, ‘A monk is…toil!'”