Peace. Thank you for your faithful support over the years, but especially during these past two years as the pandemic has essentially changed the way we live. Despite these unexpected changes in our lives, we continue to move forward in hope, embracing the truth that our God is immutable; He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). Thankfully, He remains constant in love and fidelity to His creation, especially to those who seek Him.
Speaking of unexpected changes, we have had several unplanned power outages these past few weeks, and I have a suspicion that these will continue even more frequently. The outages typically occur in the middle of the night or very early morning when the day is just beginning for us. They can last anywhere between four to eight hours, or until Southern California Edison finds and resolves the problem.
A couple of years ago, your generosity allowed us to install a propane-powered generator which automatically turns on seconds after the electricity shuts off. This generator has enough power to supply electricity to the guest rooms, lounge, kitchen and dining room. I cannot express to you the gratitude and relief I feel knowing our guests have electricity in their rooms during these outages thanks to you.
I come to you once again for your assistance. We are in need of a similar generator, but smaller in size, for the senior building. The elderly monks residing in that building have medications that require refrigeration, and one of the monks is on oxygen. Consequently, when an outage occurs, not only does the refrigeration shut off, but so does the oxygen tank. At the moment, we have a generator for that building which must be manually connected and turned on. But because of the potential danger and harm that could occur if it is not connected properly, (which almost happened during one of the more recent outages), I ask your assistance in helping us purchase a generator that has the ability to power on automatically when there is a power outage. This would be extremely beneficial to us, especially for the monks residing in that particular building.
Please know of my deep gratitude to you for your years of support, and be assured of our daily prayers for you and your loved ones. May the Lord bless and protect you through the holiday season and the throughout the coming New Year. May the Lord alone be glorified in all we do.
Blessings and prayers,
Abbot Damien Toilolo, OSB