Good news! I see that the Saint Petroc Abbey Faq reports (bottom of web If it is correct
page) that there is news that the suspension of Fr Michael Wood has been
lifted. He will be able to continue his missionary work in the UK and in
as Fr. Aidan says that Hieromonk Michael (Mansbridge-Wood) has had his suspension from priestly duties lifted, albeit with restriction to his Cascade skete/hermitage of St. Petroc,what is the future for the St. Dyfan mission at the university ecumenical centre, in Tasmania and for Fr. Michael's University chaplaincy?
This has serious ramifications for Fr. Michael's existing SPM branded missions in the United Kingdom and his Asian missions in the Philippines. This has short and longer-term implications for the Western-rite in those countries, as neither nation has a ROCOR western-rite priest except when Fr. Michael visits and the two SPM priests reside in Tasmania.
Perhaps Byzantine-rite priests will address the spiritual needs of these Western-rite congregations, at least for the short-term or maybe the ROCOR Fraternity of St. Gregory will come to the aid of the few WR in ROCOR Australia. With both priests being septuagenarian, this may be necessary for the long-term future of the Western-rite down under.
While the Western-rite of ROCOR has no missions left in mainland Australia, one wonders how the Western-rite of ROCOR can have any future in Australia if it is correct
that SPM's luminary and architect, Hieromonk Michael (Mansbridge-Wood) is confined to his monastic hermitage.
This must be a bitter pill for Fr. Michael to follow. He has laboured hard, and with no money, resources and few followers to spread Western-rite Orthodoxy. Arguably he has had much greater success in Great Britain, than in his native Australia. He has made a contribution to the Western-rite liturgical debate and produced a blessed local Western-rite mass, the Usus Cascadae
, published in his Shorter St. Colman Prayer Book
and his out-of-copy St. Colman Prayer Book.
Having labored so hard as a missionary in the market-place and streets of the globe, perhaps the peace and tranquility of the hermitage will provide consolation and healing for Fr. Michael at this undoubted time of challenge and pain. May St. Petroc bless the humble hermitage of Hieromonk Michael (Mansbridge-Wood) and grant by his prayers consolation and grace.
As I quoted before, I think it instrumental to reflect on Archbishop Alypy of Chicago & Eastern America's wisdom:
The past moves into the region of necessity: what has transpired, we cannot change, we cannot erase, and when the past is filled with sins, it serves as a special burden on the soul, and often determines the behavior of the person in the future. We cannot alter the past—that is a law of time. But the law of time is a physical law, while the spirit, as we said, does not submit to it, so in the spiritual plane, we can change the past. The Lord gives us this opportunity—the overcoming of the past, or better yet, the elimination of it—this occurs in the mystery of repentance. The mystery of repentance erases sins, and in this way, eliminates the occurrence of what is past. Earnest repentance severs the chain of sin which binds the past with the future, emancipating man from the burden of the past and grants him the opportunity to follow the path of virtue.http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/engdocuments/enart_arbpalypyfreedom.html
A miracle is the supreme manifestation of the victory of the spirit over physical causal necessity. And our Lord Jesus Christ showed us an example of this: He walked upon water, He healed the sick, He resurrected the dead. The mystery of repentance belongs to the class of such miracles, and the Lord grants this opportunity to each person.
“Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty.” And so let us resist the sinful causal chain, severing it through repentance and through virtue partaking of spiritual freedom, and then Divine grace will perform in us another miracle—the salvation of our soul. Amen.