Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

May 2015: May 2 - May 8

Last week and part of last weekend, Fr. Adrian was the retreat director for several parish secretaries.

The seminary had a softball tournament last Saturday so the monks decided to form a team. We were the "bad habits". It was a beautiful day for playing softball and camaraderie, but I won't tell you how we played. *grin*

We ended reading through the entire Holy Rule of St. Benedict last weekend which is read at our formal meal each day. We started another cycle of reading the Rule last weekend.

Here are some of notes from Fr. Eugene's homilies throughout the week:

  • Sunday: Jesus' teaching in the Gospels allowed for pruning in the lives of his disciples and in our own lives to better understand the True Vine. No branch can bear fruit on its own. Many Christians have decided to go it alone and reject the pruning process -- disconnecting from the True Vine. They have attached to fake vines. We are encouraged to do serious pruning in order to remain and abide in the True Vine.

  • Monday: A healing miracle requires two things: power and faith. Power from the risen Lord and faith from the person being healed. The healers like Paul and Barnabas in the Acts of the Apostles are mediators in the process. Your faith and my faith have the same effects as it did for the crippled man many centuries ago.

  • Tuesday: Hardships only inspire, they don't impede at all (looking at Paul and his companions' situation in the Acts of the Apostles). They (Paul and his companions) are willing to suffer for the Gospel. They are filled with joy because of the success of the Gospel. In the midst of hardship and rabblerousing the Church is growing in the Acts of the Apostles. How does our Church today compare and what can our Church today learn from Paul and his companions and their perseverance?

  • Wednesday: The Acts of the Apostles show us dissention, debate and argument have been part of our Church since shortly after Jesus was crucified. St. Luke helps us understand how we should look at and work through these debates. To do it well we have to stay connected with one another.

Most of us novices and Fr. Guerric (Novice-Junior Master) spent Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Typically, the novices at each monastery take turns visiting one another's monastery every year (or in their case, every other year since they have a two-year novitiate and we have a one-year novitiate).

We had a community meeting this week with regards to our temporary move out of the monastery for renovations. Soon the end of May will be upon is which is when all will be out of the monastery. As has been mentioned, our infirmary residents are all settled in to their temporary rooms, and something new this week: construction (or rather, deconstruction) of the monastery infirmary took place. Many of the trees in our monastery courtyard were cut down because the infirmary will be expanded into the present monastery courtyard where the trees were located. It is quite the undertaking getting equipment in and out, and though we are all a little anxious because of the temporary move, we know the end result will provide much improved, standardized and top-notch facilities for our infirmary residents. The improvements to the monastery at large will also dramatically aid us in our physical living with improvements to the air flow and plumbing among other upgrades and critical renovations.

Br. Luke will be receiving his M.Div, and Br. James will be receiving his M.A. as part of the Seminary and School of Theology commencement this weekend.

God brings us so many good people as guests, coworkers, retreatants, conference participants, oblates, students, pilgrims, alumni, visiting religious and many others. We wish to especially thank God for blessing us with this year's graduating classes. May you take your academic instruction and formation and the Benedictine hospitality with you and enrich the lives of those around you. 

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.