This summer has been so tiring, it is a miracle for me that I have made it through. However, this has also been the most beautiful summer since I started working for the Monastery, because I spent so much time in the Isles, mostly running the four Celtic Pilgrimages we organised. On the other hand, though, I barely had a chance to breathe, let alone keep up with posting and my inbox (I dread the thought of opening my inbox and facing the hundreds of unanswered emails waiting for me).
I attach a few photos I’ve taken at Kilninian during our last two pilgrimages. Work on repairing the roof is advancing well, thank God. By the beginning of autumn, we hope to have the church wind and water proof again. The builders told me that the pillars and most of the timber in the roof were the original wood (from 1755!), and that even at that time, they hadn’t used new timber. Instead, the roof of the church was built from recycled wood coming from shipwrecks, old doors, tables and so on.
We have had some bad news from the Insurance company, which have decided that they will only cover twenty thousand pounds of the total expense (which now looks set to go beyond one hundred thousand pounds). After days of frustration, we have decided that we are too small to fight this battle. Realistically, we would end up paying more on seeking legal advice and ordering new surveys than what we could (potentially) get from the Insurance company. We decided to simply let go of it and trust that God is in control of all aspects of the foundation of this Monastery. Rater than waste my energy on this, I shall focus on working more for the Monastery and praying harder.
Keep praying for me, and keep supporting the Monastery. By God’s grace, what was once only a beautiful dream is now slowly turning into reality. May God bless all of us.