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Visionary Statement  of  Berget     in  Rättvik,  Sweden   By  Per  Mases  2009,  translation  2010  by  Marie  Erenius  Bergqvist  

The  visualization  I  aim  to  describe  is  not  my  own  –  something  I  have  made  up  myself.  It   is  neither  newfangled,  nor  old  and  obsolete.  But  in  every  generation  it  is  new  and   renewing,  since  it  draws  inspiration  from  the  well  of  life  and  existence.  Out  of  nothing   God  created  everything,  the  riches  and  beauty  of  nature  as  well  as  the  dignity  of  man.   God  is  triune  –  three  and  yet  one  –  Father,  Son  and  Holy  Ghost  –  complete  love  and   complete  fellowship.  God  is  salutary,  God  is  our  home.  Fellowship  with  God  will  be   realized  on  Earth  to  save  mankind  and  creation.  Sacred  history  inspires  us.  Beginning   with  the  promise  to  Abraham:  ”I  will  bless  those  who  bless  you,  and  whoever  curses  you   I  will  curse;  and  all  peoples  on  earth  will  be  blessed  through  you.”  (Genesis  12:3).   Realization  of  that  occurs  when  the  time  is  right  (Galatians  4:4).  God  became  man  to   gather  people  into  his  fellowship  –  The  Holy  Church.  God  is  near  to  us  through  Jesus   Christ.       Berget  is  a  fellowship,  a  friendship  in  Christ  –  a  body  incorporated  into  an  immense   BODY  –  and  carrying  an  astounding  mission.  Fellowship  arises  as  response  to  a  call  and   the  holy  Eucharist  is  its  centre.  There  ”we  learn  not  only  to  feel  love,  we  begin  to  love   ourselves”  (John  Paul  II  ).When  praying  together  Christ  is  present  as  he  promised     (Mathew  18:20  ).  Christ  invites  us  into  a  fellowship,  which  he  brings  into  a  union  of  love   where  his  renewing  and  healing  presence  is.  We  are  called  on  to  live  close  to  Christ  and   so  render  him  presence  through  us.  We  are  called  on  to  ”live  the  Church”  and  our   recurring  prayer  is:  ”Lord,  fill  our  hearts  with  your  love”.  When  the  Church  expresses   the  presence  of  Christ,  when  its  atmosphere  is  truley  embossed  with  the  spirit  of  love,  it   is  missionizing  through  its  mere  existance.  The  Spirit  of  Christ  convinces  and  enlightens   us  as  to  the  presence  of  God.  (Comp.  Exodus  3:1-­‐4).     Only  by  being  disciples  who  love  each  other  and  gather  in  the  name  of  Jesus     (Matthew  18:20)  do  we  have  a  conceivable  opportunity  of  giving  people  something   beyond  their  earthly  welfare;  namely  the  presence  of  Christ,  the  spirit  of  God  who  


penetrates the  densest    armour.  Where  you  find  love  of  God  and  people,  you  find  God.   Our  mission  as  members  of  Berget  is  to  gather  people,  in  unison  with  the  world-­‐wide   Church,  into  the  heartening  and  healing  setting,  which  is  to  be  found  when  friendship  in   Christ  and  faithfulness  to  Him  is  alive.     Friendship  and  the  love  for  Christ  and  His  Church  are  gifts  that  need  tending.  Jesus  says:   ”A  new  command  I  give  you:  Love  one  another.  As  I  have  loved  you,  so  you  must  love   one  another.  By  this  all  men  will  know  that  you  are  my  disciples,  if  you  love  one   another.”  (John  13:34,35).  The  calling  that  the  members  of  Berget  respond  to,  is  to  meet   every  person  with  the  attitude  of  hospitality  once  expressed  by  the  holy  gate  keeper:     Every  time  I  have  answered  the  door,  I  have  expected  to  encounter  Christ.  So  far  I  have   never  been  disappointed.     Fellowship  is  open  to  those  who  look  for  it.  But  note;  cleaning,  cooking,  management  as   well  as  worship  are  equally  important.  By  chiming  together  they  bring  the  visitor  into   contact  with  the  gospel.  This  is  the  starting  point  of  the  vision  of  Berget,  an  environment   attuned  to  the  harmonious  triad  of  existence;  Love,  Beauty,  and  Truth,  in  God  through   Jesus  Christ.  Thanks  to  the  generosity  of  many  we  have  been  granted  the  opportunity  of   living  this  vision.     We  are  surrounded  by  gifts,  like  we  are  by  nature.  ”Nature  knows  how  to  praise  God”,   Dag  Hammarskjöld  says.  Sometimes  in  The  Book  of  Psalms  all  nature  is  encouraged  to   praise  God.  That  note  rings  through  Christian  tradition  of  all  times.  Especially  Saint   Francis  puts  it  into  words.  In  our  time  it  is  more  important  than  ever.  Now  when  nature   is  being  exploited  even  to  the  edge  of  disaster,  we  need  a  renewed  respect  for  and  sense   of  fellowship  with  creation,  and  fascination  together  with  adoration  of  the  wisdom  and   beauty  of  the  intention  of  the  Creator.     Our  forest  offers  protection,  and  the  opportunity  of  strolling  without  being  watched.   Relax  when  strolling.  Pause  and  let  nature  influence  you  –  just  receive.  You  may  wish  to   sit  down,  lean  on  a  mighty  pine  tree  or  a  mossy  piece  of  rock.  The  forest  must  be   accessible,  but  not  too  much  tended.  A  tinge  of  wilderness  must  remain.  Well  inside  the  


forest, some  distance  from  the  lumber  road,  so  that  you  do  not  see  it  immediately,  but   have  to  look  for  it,  is  the  wood  chapel,  a  sacred  place  in  the  middle  of  the  pine  forest.  It   was  built  according  to  the  manner  of  measuring  and  building  of  the  11th  century,  the   century  when  Sweden  was  Christianized.  The  space  between  the  lying  timbers  let  in   both  fresh  wood  air  and  enough  day-­‐light.  As  eye-­‐catcher  there  is  a  beautiful  Christ  icon.   Here  is  a  place  of  deep  serenity  for  the  solitary  wanderer.  Perhaps  is  heard  ”a  gentle   whisper.  ”  (1  Kings  19:12)     After  having  acquired  this  forest  area,  we  discovered  to  our  joy  that  into  the  bargain  we   had  aquired  a  protected  piece  of  primeval  forest,  where  the  changing  process  of  nature   from  death  to  budding  life  is  shown.  A  place  that  in  itself  provides  a  reason  for  confident   contemplation.     When  you  reach  the  houses,  the  forest  transforms,  in  a  natural  way,  into  a  wilderness   garden.  The  members´  sense  of  beauty  turns  Berget  into  a  flower-­‐decked  paradise   during  summer.  A  kitchen  garden  with  vegetables  and  flowers  is  located  in  the  slope   past  The  House  St  David.  The  aim  is  not  to  make  it  fulfil  our  entire  need  –  that  would  be   too  laborious  –  but  it  is  there  to  provide  a  treat,  and  garden  therapy  besides.     We  have  now  reached  The  House  St  David  and  enter  through  the  convent  garden.  The   architecture  reveales  that  this  building  is  intended  both  to  house  retreats  and  to  embody   what  a  retreat  is.  The  inner  garden  reflects  our  own  inner  garden.  In  a  retreat  you  open   inwards  and  upwards  –  you  bask  in  the  love  of  God  –  this  is  the  signature  of  the  retreat   silence.  Our  inner  garden  may  since  long  be  covered  with  ice,  but  when  it  stays  open  to   the  sky  and  sun,  the  life  and  beauty  of  spring  and  summer  will  return.  When  we  come  to   know  that  we  are  loved  and  wished  for  just  as  we  are,  joy  can  pass  through  as  an  inner   mirth.  The  splash  of  the  fountain  is  a  quiet  melodious  laughter.  The  fresh  lawn  and  the   flowerbed  around  the  water,  which  we  try  and  keep  clear,  speak  the  same  language,  just   as  the  cherry-­‐apple  tree  whose  blossoms  turn  into  fruits.  But  even  autumn  and  winter   render  their  special  qualities  to  the  inner  garden  –  peaceful  and  patient  rest,  maturing,   clean  untouched  snow.  Nature  collaborates  with  the  house  in  many  ways.  The  guest   rooms  all  have  large  windows,  floor  to  ceiling,  in  openness  to  the  beauty  of  nature.    


The Malung  Cottage,  situated  between  the  two  main  houses,  and  containing  the  chapel  of   St  Dominique  with  its  tangible  presence  of  Christ,  is  a  constant  reminder  of  the  spiritual   riches  we  receive  through  the  trustful  collaboration  between  Protestantism  –   Catholicism.  The  Catholic  chapel  is  getting  outgrown,  and  needs  expanding.  The  same   need  for  expansion  concerns  members´  lodgings.  We  wish  to  continue  in  the  same  spirit   as  before,  and  let  everything  grow  organically.  We  wish  to  build  for  fellowship  and   integrity,  for  wholeness,  harmony  and  function  to  help  Berget  follow  its  vocation.   Continually  we  must  return  to  our  starting  point  to  check  the  compass  needle,  also   where  practical  decisions  are  concerned.     Friendship  and  faithfulness  to  the  Word  of  God  are  fundamental  to  the  evolving  of  fresh,   healthy  life  at  Berget.  The  attraction  of  Berget  lies  in  its  reliability.  Jesus  says:  “You  are   the  salt  of  the  earth.  But  if  the  salt  loses  its  saltiness,  how  can  it  be  made  salty  again?  It  is   no  longer  good  for  anything,  except  to  be  thrown  out  and  trampled  by  men.  “  (  Matthew   5:13,14  )  We  are  constantly  reminded  of  His  word:  “I  am  the  vine;  you  are  the  branches.   If  a  man  remains  in  me  and  I  in  him,  he  will  bear  much  fruit;  apart  from  me  you  can  do   nothing.“  (  John  15:5  ).  Faithfulness  towards  Christ  and  the  Church  are  vital.  There  lies   the  direction  of  the  compass.  The  two  houses  at  Berget  display  contrasting  profiles,  but   their  identity,  focus  and  spirit  are  the  same.  The  setting  is  created  by  the  members.  Their   inspiration  in  serving  people  and  conveying  friendship  and  faith  comes  from  having   responded  to  a  calling.     In  The  House  St  David  retreats  are  offered  continually.  Retreat  is  cure  of  souls,  which  is   why  the  number  of  participants  is  not  of  the  first  importance.  Those  who  attend  are   often  in  great  need  of  rest,  quiet,  solitude  and  supportive  dialogue.  Life  today  is  more   and  more  characterized  by  stress  and  exhaustion,  and  lack  of  spiritual  guidance.  Our   response,  given  in  faithfulness  to  Christ,  is  the  opportunity  of  recovery  in  an   environment  where  worship  is  plentiful,  meditations  on  the  Bible  awake  prayer  and   enforce  faith,  where  in  confidential  dialogue  you  may  express  your  innermost,  and  be   understood.     While  resting  and  recovering,  you  reflect  your  own  life  within  the  gospel.  By  quoting  the   great  spiritual  guide  Francois  de  Sales  (  1567-­‐1622  ),  a  retreat  is  “a  place  of  heavenly  life  


on earth”.  Through  relaxation  painful  memories  and  dilemmas  may  appear,  but  through   private  dialogues,  especially,  the  retreat  can  turn  into  a  liberating  cleansing  process.  The   “threshold”  must  be  low  enough  to  dare  open  your  heart  in  confidence.  The  one  who   listens  must  understand  how  vulnerable  a  person  is  in  this  kind  of  situation.  In  order  to   understand  and  support,  the  all-­‐embracing  attentiveness  of  love  is  a  prerequisite.  The   gospel  shows  right  from  wrong,  and  the  example  of  Christ  shows  the  path  to  salvation.   Most  naturally  the  need  for  confession  will  arise,  even  for  those  who  have  never  heard  of   this  liberating  sacrament.       The  heart  of  Berget,  to  members  as  well  as  to  guests,  is  our  daily  routine  of  worship,   which  is  carried  out  in  unison  and  solidarity  with  the  entire  Church  of  Christ.  The  liturgy   can  never  be  beautiful  enough!  Nothing  must  be  added  to  or  altered  from  what  God  has   revealed  through  Christ,  but  be  embodied  through  life  and  liturgy,  beauty  and  creativity.   We,  together  with  the  world-­‐wide  Church,  shall  embody  what  has  everywhere  been   believed.  Liturgy  brings  us  in  step  with  the  mysteries  we  celebrate.  Thus  we  are  brought   into  a  renewing  and  enriching  growth.  Our  relationship  with  God  receives  life  through   liturgy,  our  faith  deepens  within  the  grand  events  of  the  ecclesiastical  year.  Our  tune  is  a   song  of  praise  to  the  goodness  of  God,  which  leads  us  to  salvation.  It  is  a  taste  in  advance   of  the  great  song  of  praise  in  Heaven.  Especially  on  Sundays  the  light  of  the  resurrection   of  our  Lord  will  beam  forth.     One  magnificent  gift,  rendered  by  the  members,  is  music,  the  singing  during  Holy   Communion  and  during  the  liturgy  of  the  hours.  The  singing  in  harmony  in  orthodox   prayers  and  hymns,  songs  from  Taizé  and  the  old  beloved  songs  from  the  Swedish  hymn   book  create  festive  joy  and  fellowship.  Singing  becomes  an  experience  of  beauty,  a   liberating  joy  and  adoration.  Conditional  to  the  keeping  up  of  this  has  been  to   deliberately  refrain  from  instruments  of  a  dominating  character.     Mass  and  Vesper  in  the  chapel  of  St  David,  are  continually  attended  by  participants  of   activities  in  The  House  of  Meditation.  At  Holy  Communion  a  core  issue  in  intercession  is   the  visible  unity  of  all  Christians.  After  all,  out  vocation  is  “unity  of  the  Church  and   spiritual  intensity”.  At  Berget  we  reach  as  far  as  possible  towards  unity,  in  prayer,   relationships,  teaching.  Officially  Church  of  Sweden  and  the  Catholic  Church  are  as  far  


from each  other  as  ever,  and  the  course  taken  by  The  Church  of  Sweden  has  directed  the   path  further  away  from  common  Christianity.  During  Mass  intercommunion  is  not   possible,  and  “wild”  ecumenicalism  does  not  bring  us  any  closer  together.  A  trafficable   road  today  is  this,  that  Catholics  partaking  in  Mass  at  chapel  of  St  David,  receive  the   blessing  from  the  priest,  in  stead  of  bread  and  wine.  Afterwards  they  may  receive   communion  in  the  Catholic  chapel  of  St  Dominique.  In  the  same  way  non-­‐Catholics,  when   taking  part  in  Catholic  Mass,  receive  the  blessing  by  the  Catholic  priest.     The  understanding  of  and  confidence  in  our  quest  for  unity  is  ever  growing  stronger  in   those  who  visit  us,  and  many  express  their  joy.  Berget  has  become  a  sign  of  hope!  The   love  of  the  Church  of  Christ  has  also  grown  stronger  among  us  members,  and  the  pain  of   not  having  reached  full  unity  urges  us  on  to  find  new  ways.  But  the  choices  must  of   course  never  disturb  our  friendship  or  shatter  it.  That  would  havoc  our  mission.  Here   the  atmosphere  must  convey  fullness  and  healing.  The  Holy  Ghost  only  thrives  in  trustful   friendship.     In  the  second  house,  The  House  of  Meditation,  a  very  promising  growth  has  taken  place.   The  building  grew  forth  organically,  in  a  style  hinting  at  Japanese  culture,  containing   rooms  for  meditation  and  practise,  together  with  a  bright  day-­‐room  for  the  benefit  of   spontaneous  conversation.  There  is  also  a  chamber  for  private  conversation,  which  is   often  in  use.  Profound  meditation  opens  up  for  those  things  you,  often  inadvertently,   hold  back.  Outside  The  House  of  Meditation  the  flower  meadow  renders  beauty  through   its  variety  of  blossoms,  that  grow  wild  and  shed  their  seeds  for  next  summer.     In  the  early  70s  we  responded  to  the  challenge  of  the  movement  of  meditation,  and  have   made  it  a  path  into  Christian  mysticism.  Experiences  from  the  retreats  showed  that   mental  pain  that  is  not  handled,  gets  sheltered  by  physical  tensions.  In  order  to  handle   them  one  needs  to  find  relaxation  both  mentally  and  physically.  The  mechanisms  of   defence  must  not  be  forced.  The  Za-­‐Zen  method,  to  sit  and  reach  quietude,  brings  you   into  a  relaxation,  which  at  the  same  time  is  wakeful  and  attentive.  When  exercising   meditation,  we  are  aided  by  professional  physiotherapists,  who  well  know  the  mental-­‐ physical  interaction.  Their  exercises  in  body  knowledge  are  simple,  yet  very  effective.   You  are  made  aware  of  the  mental-­‐physical  unity  in  man.  Our  bodies  truly  are  “the  


temple of  The  Holy  Ghost”.     It  has  also  become  more  and  more  obvious  that  profound  meditation  and  prayer  must   not  be  kept  apart.  We  do  not  cease  being  Christians  because  we  meditate.  When  our   focus  is  love,  prayer  is  there  too  as  spontaneous,  simple  prayer  “prayer  of  the  heart”  or   as  “pure  prayer”,  prayer  without  word.  Profound  meditation  has  reached  many   congregations.  We  estimate  that  about  150  meditation  groups  with  leaders  have  been   instructed  at  Berget.  We  look  upon  it  as  a  quiet  and  discreet  revival,  where  people  find  a   path  both  away  from  stress,  and  into  the  attitude  of  prayer.  The  course  designed  for  new   instructors  of  meditation,  becomes  ever  more  important.  Of  course  The  House  of   Meditation  does  not  only  offer  these  courses  in  profound  meditation.  Since  we  have  seen   this  interaction  between  the  physical,  the  intellectual  and  the  spiritual,  it  has  become   vital  to  make  use  of  the  experiences  found  in  Yoga,  Qi-­‐gong,  Ai-­‐ki-­‐do  and  Ju-­‐jutsu.  Our   guide,  in  offering  such  courses,  is  naturally  that  the  teaching  and  effects  of  them  are  fully   in  harmony  with  the  gospel.  Appreciating  what  is  good  in  other  cultures  is  working   together  towards  the  goal  that  “  ..to  be  put  into  effect  when  the  times  have  reached  their   fulfilment  –  to  bring  all  things  in  heaven  and  on  earth  together  under  one  head,  even   Christ.  “  (Ephesians  1:10).  Christian  view  on  man  must  always  be  the  foundation.     Other  courses  deal  with  ethics  and  view  on  man,  culture  and  spiritual  guidance.  Lectures   conveying  information  are  followed  by  creative  conversations.  The  spirit  of  the   conversations  is  defined  by  openness,  gentleness,  authenticity  and  awareness.  Various   views,  experiences  and  ideas  complement  each  other  and  lead  on  to  variety,  objectivity   and  open  perspectives.  A  guiding  feature  here  is  the  respect  for  the  integrity  of  everyone   else.  The  House  of  Meditation  opens  paths  for  those  who  seek,  to  a  sound  spirituality   followed  by  universal  companionship.  Of  late  the  need  for  “merely  being”  has  increased,   to  find  an  effortless  rest  where  worship  and  meditation  are  constantly  available.  Now   and  then  The  House  of  Meditation  offers  such  days.     At  Berget  every  serving  factor  depends  on  the  other.  Together  we  form  a  living  unity.     “Now  you  are  the  body  of  Christ,  and  each  one  of  you  is  part  of  it.“  says  the  apostle  Paul   (1  Cor.  12:27).  The  Spirit  infuses  life  into  everything  by  endowing  lasting  gifts  –  “And   now  these  three  remain:  faith,  hope  and  love.  But  the  greatest  of  these  is  love.  “  (1  Cor.  


13:13). Preparing  food,  cleaning,  answering  the  phone,  preparations  for  courses  and   retreats,  receiving  guests,  worshipping,  everything  is  vital.  Everything  demands   conference  and  cooperation,  friendship  and  mutual  confidence.  Everything  is  service  to   the  glory  of  God.       The  kitchen  staff  deserve  all  the  praise  received  from  our  guests.  The  food  is  tasty  and   nourishing.  In  this  way  the  gospel  may  externally  be  tasted  and  experienced.  The   cleaning  is  carried  out  in  such  a  manner  as  to  make  our  guests  feel  respected  and   welcome.  The  tidy  room  renders  dignity  to  the  visitor.  The  office  staff  handle  the   administrative  part  of  our  unity.  Modern  technique  blends  with  personal  consideration.   In  the  same  way  there  is  harmony  between  a  responsible  sense  of  finance  and  the   courage  and  trust  to  dare  bold  ventures.  There  is  a  book  shop,  which  is  no  ordinary   place  of  merchandise.  “  God,  people,  books  and  money,  in  that  very  order”,  as  put  by   sister  Ingrid  O.P.  the  one  who  created  this  book  shop.    Its  rich  variety  of  spiritual  and   ethic  literature  reflects  the  activities  at  Berget.  When  interest  for  certain  issues  is   aroused,  answers  and  continuation  can  be  found  here.  Today,  with  increasing  lack  of   knowledge  in  Christian  faith  and  culture,  the  book  shop  serves  an  important  purpose.  Its   mission  is  connected  with  the  words  of  Christ:  “But  when  he,  the  Spirit  of  truth,  comes,   he  will  guide  you  into  all  truth.  He  will  not  speak  on  his  own;  he  will  speak  only  what  he   hears,  and  he  will  tell  you  what  is  yet  to  come.  “  (John  16:13).  In  addition  to  the  book   shop  there  is,  on  the  above  floor,  an  standing  exhibition  called  Cultural  Room,  showing   the  spiritual  origin  of  Sweden.       But  how  is  Berget  to  keep  its  identity,  vitality  and  significance?  By  remaining  true  to  the   calling!  Through  faithfulness  “with  very  little”  (Luke  16:10)  our  fellowship  gradually   grew  forth.  We  noticed  that  we  shared  the  same  daily  routines,  daily  Mass  and  canonical   prayers,  the  same  focus  on  love  for  Christ  and  the  Church,  the  same  will  to  serve,   therefore  the  same  calling.  All  we  had  to  do  was  to  write  down  what  we  already  lived.  In   1994  we  declared  our  first  Promises  as  postulants,  in  1995  as  novices,  and  in  1996  as   members  of  The  Community  of  The  Holy  Trinity.  The  same  year  each  one  of  the   community,  received,  in  The  Square  of  St.  Peter,  the  blessing  of  Pope  John  Paul  II.  Later   we  also  received  the  blessing  of  the  Bishop  of  the  diocese  of  Västerås,  Claes-­‐Bertil   Ytterberg,  at  a  Vesper  in  the  chapel  of  St.  David.  We  submitted  our  Rule  to  be  vetted  by  


the Catholic  diocese  of  Sweden,  and  received  this  encouraging  letter:     “  Through  this  letter  I  wish  to  confirm  that  the  Rule  of  The  Community  of  the  Holy  Trinity   as  well  as  the  formula  of  Promises  have  been  looked  into  by  us  with  a  view  to  both   canonical  law  and  from  a  dogmatic  angle.  It  is  a  joy  to  see  how  this  community  has  grown   forth,  and  has  established  its  firm  foundation  in  our  common  biblical  and  spiritual   tradition.  Therefore  this  community  is,  through  its  mere  existence,  a  living  ecumenical   testimonial  and  will  inspire  many  to  pray  and  toil  for  complete  unity.     Even  though  I,  canonically,  am  unable  to  approve  the  Rule  and  the  annual  Rite  of   Temporary  Promises,  seeing  that  the  community  as  such  is  not  part  of  the  Catholic  Church,   I  wish  to  stress  that  I  view  your  community  as  an  important  link  between  us  and  the   Church  of  Sweden.  There  is  nothing  in  your  rule  that  goes  against  Catholic  tradition,  and   you  have  my  full  support  in  continuing  on  the  path  you  are  on.  With  warm  greetings  and   the  blessings  of  our  Lord.  Anders  Arborelius,  OCD.”  (Bishop  of  the  Catholic  diocese  of   Stockholm.)     And  so  The  Community  of  The  Holy  Trinity  came  into  existance.  But  why  a  community  at   all?  It  is  there  to  help  us,  as  a  fellowship,  to  respond  to  our  calling.  Let  us  summarize:   *  We  respond  to  our  calling  by  forming  a  setting  of  friendship,  to  be  the  heart  of  the   fellowship.   *  We  support  each  other  in  our  ecumenical  mission,  through  prayer,  communal  life,   working  together,  loyally  sharing  all  responsibility.   *  Together  we  make  decisions  as  to  the  focus  of  Berget,  to  prevent  superficiality.   *  We  are  a  core,  a  solid  reminder  of  what  Berget  stands  for,  and  we  keep  up  the   ecumenical  dialogue.     The  task  is  a  very  big  one,  as  is  the  responsibility.  Berget  is  based  on  voluntariness.   Volunteers  arrive  as  gifts  of  God.  They  bring  renewal,  youthful  freshness  and  inspiration   to  Berget.    They  come  as  response  to  a  calling.  First  they  are  offered  a  try-­‐out  week,   when  we  together  see  if  they  may  thrive.  If  you  stay  longer  than  three  months  your   calling  is  confirmed,  and  you  are  included  in  the  fellowship  of  members.  This  happens  at   a  special  ceremony  of  benediction  in  the  chapel.  Here  we  all  get  the  opportunity  of  


expressing our  joy  for  the  members  we  receive.  At  times  there  are  people  helping  out  at   Berget  for  a  limited  period  of  time.  This  is  how  everything  has  been  kept  working,  and   very  well  too.  But  what  if  no  volunteers  turn  up?  What  if  we  are  left  alone  here?  Is  this   really  the  way  to  go?  How  to  regard  this  issue?  Being  run  by  voluntary  workers  only,   creates  no  continuity.  Being  run  by  paid  professionals  only,  would  make  a  smoothly   organized  institution  without  atmosphere,  and  so  the  calling  would  be  lost.       Our  personal  limitations  cannot  stop  the  vocation  of  Berget,  only  failing  trust  in  Him   who  calls.  To  have  lived  through  the  evolving  process  of  Berget  has  been  vastly   inspiring.  To  have  beheld  all  these  whole-­‐hearted  and  selfless  efforts,  that  embody  the   motivating  force  of  love  and  faith.  Faith  awakes  faith,  and  love  awakes  generous  love  in   return.  A  positive  spiralling  movement  is  set  in  motion,  the  dynamics  of  friendship,   which  makes  possible  the  impossible.  Without  this  dynamic  force  Berget  would  not   exist.  The  members  of  The  Association  of  Friends,  connected  to  Beget,  have  throughout   the  years  made  themselves  useful  in  many  ways.  Some  give  their  labour  in  the  kitchen   and  cleaning  department,  others  give  or  collect  money,  some  build  and  thin  out  the   forest,  and  yet  some  are  leaders  of  retreats  and  courses.  Everything  done  with  the   devotion  and  perseverance  that  only  true  friendship  is  capable  of.  Without  these  friends   Berget  would  never  have  been  able  to  handle  repairs  or  necessary  new  investments.       That  which  Berget  stands  for  has  become  even  more  self-­‐evident  throughout  the  years.   Though  it  may  not  always  be  seen  as  convenient,  it  is  met  with  response.  The  road  must   go  on  in  the  same  spirit.  Confidence  and  love  illuminate  both  heart  and  sense.  Pessimism   must  never  be  allowed  to  darken  the  vision.  Prayer  and  hope  are  inseparable.  Jesus  says:   “When  he  had  gone  indoors,  the  blind  men  came  to  him,  and  he  asked  them,  “Do  you   believe  that  I  am  able  to  do  this?”  “  Yes  Lord,”  they  replied.”  (Matthew  9:28).  The  prayer   for  new  members  must  always  continue,  and  will  always  be  answered.  Prayer  is   collaboration  with  The  Holy  Ghost.  Prayer  opens  our  eyes  to  the  gifts  God  wishes  to   bestow  on  us,  and  to  new  possibilities  that  may  be  completely  hidden  to  us.  The  Holy   Virgin  Mary  asked  when  facing  the  unparalleled  task:  How  shall  this  happen?  And  the   Angel  responded;  Holy  Spirit…  Power  from  above…!     She  is  the  mother  of  the  faithful.  She  shows  the  way!  

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