Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

July 2015: July 11-17

On Saturday, we celebrated the feast of St. Benedict and all Benedictine saints. Fr. Prior presided, and in his homily he shared: The Rule was written for those who had not mastered the trade but for men and women like us -- the weak and ordinary. Today is a day for us monks to recall the day we signed our vow charts. This was our declaration of our independence, like the 4th of July we celebrated last weekend, to give up our way to follow the Lord's way in the School of the Lord's Service. May we advance in obedience and charity through the intercession of all our Benedictine brothers and sisters.

Fr. Noel gave a retreat last weekend titled "The Cry of the Earth" on stewardship and the environment.

On Sunday, Fr. Thomas presided at our Eucharist, and in his homily he shared: Jesus' purpose in sending out Apostles in spreading the Gospel, his desire was not to change the world immediately but to change the disciples themselves. Unless and until life tries us, the idea of faith and its practice remains hypothetical. Poverty makes us holy as long as we don't let it make us bitter. Oh, how we pray in our poverty! God pushes us to our limits and beyond our limits. How has God been testing our limits lately? What is he teaching us? We can trust in God like no one else, nothing else and least of all not ourselves. We learn so much from God in our poverty and in our gratitude of his love.

Here is a blog reflection on the Mass Readings from last Sunday by Br. Francis.

Fr. Denis R. on Tuesday for the Feast of St. Kateri talked about the midwives in the beginning of Exodus and their crucial roles in scripture. They are minor characters with major roles. St. Kateri was one such character who challenged those around her to embrace God's love. Who are we then? Let's play our part with charity and love.

On Thursday, we celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln -- the titular feast of our Archabbey Church. The readings were: Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Romans 5:12, 17-19; John 19:25-27. Archabbot Justin shared in his homily: At its heart, the story of the Garden of Eden is the story of our lives of battle between good and evil, the struggle between good and evil. The loss of innocence was replaced now with the judging of good and evil.

Both Adam and Eve evaded their guilt by placing the blame elsewhere rather than on themselves. It is a very human way to flee taking responsibility. God had his scheme, which would prove deeper and wiser than Adam and Eve's. In the fullness of time, another woman would take the brunt of the bruise of the serpent's bite. Today, we honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Einsiedeln. Rather than fleeing suffering, Mary witnessed the saving power and grace of the Cross. We can do the same here in this church.

Here is a link to a Marian hymn we sang for the Preparation of the Gifts with the "One Bread, One Cup" interns on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln:

Here is an update on the repair project of the monastery:

The testing for the well for the geothermal field was positive, and so the plotting and preparation for drilling the other wells is under way on the west lawn of the monastery.  Meanwhile, work continues on the interior of the house, including the refectory, as well as on the site preparation in the courtyard for the addition to the infirmary. It is not particularly dramatic at this point, but in the future we will have some scheduled accompanied walk-through's to get a sense of the progress. The architects are working hard to provide timely and more detailed plans for the general and sub-contractors as part of the design-build process.

Two quotes to close out this week's About the House for some good reflection:

  1. From Sunday's Vigils Commentary: We, like the Apostles, are commissioned to be good stewards and spread the Gospel, not our own theories, with complete fidelity.
  2. From Thursday's Vigils Commentary: If we don't honor the Mother of God, we perpetrate the greatest dishonor of the Son. For after God, she is our only hope. 

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.