Since May of 2005, this blog has been called Word Incarnate. The occasion of my resignation as abbot of the monastery has motivated me to do something new, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Phil. 3:13). I have chosen a brighter and more colorful template, and I hope also to offer a presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is bright and beautiful. I have chosen the passage from the Book of Revelation about former things passing away—for God makes all things new—as an inspiration for this blog. This doesn’t mean that I will turn a blind eye to the evils of this world, for they have to be exposed and fought in the spiritual warfare to which all Christians are called. But I go forth with confidence that these evils will soon be among “the former things [that] have passed away,” for the Lord is continually making all things new by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
I have entitled this blog “Making All Things New,” using the participle as an indication of the dynamism of the working of God in this world and in his Church, and also as an indication that God’s creative, redemptive renewal of the face of the earth is a work in progress that will only be completed at the end of time, when all of us have made our divinely-ordained contribution to this renewal. But let us hasten to be about our Father’s business, so the evils will pass quickly and the glory will come soon. I entrust this blog, this hope for the renewal of the Church and of the world—and especially of my own soul and life—to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose inexplicable love for me, and my grateful love for her, will be known fully only in the Kingdom of Heaven.