Last weekend, Fr. Vincent gave a retreat to several guests. The
topic: "Where Sin Increased (Romans 5:20): The Seven Big Ones."
And, this week, Br. Maurus gave a midweek retreat titled "Pray
Your Way to Happiness."
The second conference of "One Bread, One Cup" for high school
youth and their teachers and youth ministers starts today. The
college interns and staff have been working hard to prepare for
another joy-filled, spirit-filled and intellectually stimulating
Last Friday afternoon, the monastery hosted a "Thank You"
luncheon at the UnStable for the Physical Facilities and
Housekeeping crews for their top-notch service in helping us move
out of the monastery and their preparations of our current housing.
Fr. Prior Kurt, Br. Martin, Nov. Thomas and Nov. Timothy helped
with the pizza preparation and serving.
Congratulations are in order for our Fr. Columba, who received
the Liturgical Institute's Spiritus Liturgiae Award for his work in
Gregorian Chant. Staff from the Institute, of the University of St.
Mary of the Lake, were here this week to interview Fr. Columba on
video. Coincidentally, he is unable attend the award ceremony at
the Liturgical Institute's Symposium at USML because the day of the
event he will be presenting a chant workshop here on campus at our
Guest House and Retreat Center.
Fr. Adrian shared some of these insights in his homilies this
Sunday: Nature is abundantly full of mystery,
and we are part of that mystery. When we discover a divine
encounter, we realize the need of faith. Nature points to its
creator and we yearn to learn more about beauty and our creator.
Consider your new self to be alive in Christ, and when you find
yourself in fear turn to prayer.
Monday: Many of us will struggle under the
burden of perfection. And when we cannot attain perfection and
flawlessness, we project that frustration on others. We have to
instead surrender. It's a matter of opening our hearts to what God
has to teach us. We have to unlearn what love means in order to
learn who love is.
Tuesday: Jesus is doing the hard work in the
Gospel of preparing us for our mission to live in him and live the
Gospel. Rather than using words to proclaim the Gospel, Jesus urges
his disciples to spread the Gospel through loving actions.
Wednesday (Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the
Baptist): As forerunner of the Messiah, John was used by
God to pave the way for the Word Made Flesh, Jesus Christ. John's
voice continues to reverberate in the Church, calling us to repent,
turn and be reconciled. The spiritual life begins with an encounter
with the mystery of God and continues daily through careful
listening and attentive watching. Our spiritual lives take place in
the present moments of every day. (Fr. Prior Kurt was the principal
celebrant at Mass today, and we enjoyed colloquium
(talking) at dinner this evening.)
Thursday: Jesus warns us and encourages us in
today's Gospel to not become complacent in our faith. It is nothing
in us that saves us except Christ alone acting in us. Christ knows
the true us, and he want us to discover our true selves in
him. We do this through prayer and a mutual coming to know Christ
and he us.
We are finding the optimism in our temporary relocation out of
the monastery. For instance, Br. Francis recently recorded the
audio of some frogs singing back and forth to one another between
courtyards. Have a read and a listen at his
During our table reading last night, we read from the Holy Rule,
Chapter 19. Br. Francis mentions that chapter in his write-up in
America magazine about the punctuation of our daily lives with
In closing this week:
At Vigils this week, we heard one morning an excerpt from the
writing of Thomas Merton, OCSO. He wrote, "The monk who ceases to
ask himself why he came to the monastery perhaps ceases to be a
monk." The same can be asked by all people in all walks of life:
"Where is God in all of this?", as Br. Francis posed in his
America magazine write-up.
Fr. Adrian gave us practical advice this week to answer that
question daily: "Through careful listening and attentive watching."
Additionally, St. Benedict lends us instruction: "Let us open
our eyes to the deifying light, let us hear with attentive
ears the warning which the divine voice cries daily to us,
'Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.' (Ps.
This, then, we hope is some encouragement for you, too, to not
grow weary in seeking God daily in your prayer and work and to grow
patiently day-by-day through God's grace.