Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 2015 - Week 2

Happy Easter!

We had a very recollected Triduum turned into Easter Joy as we celebrated the Easter Vigil here on Saturday evening. Archabbot Justin was the principal celebrant and during his homily he shared (my paraphrase): Let this Easter Day overwhelm us and renew our lives to waken it to unimaginable life.

We enjoyed one of our later breakfasts on Easter Sunday morning, starting at 7:30 a.m. This was welcomed by most of the community since we wrapped up the Easter Vigil on Saturday just shy of 11 p.m. When you're a monk, that's late because most of us on a typical day would have been asleep for 2 or 3 hours already.

On Easter Monday, Fr. Germain encouraged us to "set our hearts on things above for we have been raised with Christ." Easter Monday was a Sunday schedule for us, and we also enjoyed colloquium (talking) at our noon meal.

On Tuesday, Br. Philippe, a visiting Benedictine from Togo and a seminarian and transitional deacon, proposed this question and answer in his homily: What can we do to give the resurrection a special meaning in our lives? We can go out and spread the Good News of Christ. He also noted, "In the resurrection of Christ, our humanity has been healed and restored."

Here's the latest from Br. Francis' blogging:

What make this week so holy?

Food for the journey

Why is this Friday good?

All seems silent today, but…

Come to me

Risen (which is a link to a video I made of a time lapse over the crucifix in the Archabbey Cemetery)

Honor Your Inner Monk (An Indianapolis TV news feature about our Honor Your Inner Monk prayer app)

On Wednesday, we had a community meeting about our move for the monastery renovation. More details were provided about the move, the dates, how to pack, how to label items for storage/moving, etc. Pray for us as we embark on this transition in May.

Finally, we are reading a new book at table during dinner about Pope Francis: The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh.

In closing, I will share an intercession we heard this week at morning office: That the paschal remedies heal the wounds of sin. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.