Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

May 2015: May 23-29

Before Abbot Justin Brown, OSB of St. Joseph Abbey in Louisiana left our monastery from giving us a retreat, he shared in his homily last Friday: Jesus reveals to Peter what awaits all those who love Jesus: The Cross. We all have our Simon Peter moments. As painful as they are, they are good. They offer our hearts to God's mercy, love, forgiveness and grace.

At the Mass of Pentecost on Sunday, Archabbot Justin said in his homily: The Holy Spirit makes good the promise of Jesus' continuing presence among us. We have kept this paschal season for seven weeks. The Spirit is God's consoling presence in the Church and is the source of every vocation in the Church. The Spirit convicts the world in a special way. The gift of the priesthood gives our jubilarians a share in the work of the Spirit. (We celebrated jubilees of Abbot Alan [75 years professed], Fr. Micheas and Fr. Colman [both 50 years of priesthood ordination] on Sunday.)

Fr. Adrian gave the Monte Cassino talk on Sunday afternoon at the Monte Cassino Shrine.

Fr. Harry was our Mass heb this week, and here are some bits from his homilies:

Tuesday: Today's Gospel is not about guilt and judgment. It is about a Gospel of blessing, a Gospel that promises the reward of plenty. Where is the hundredfold in this present age? For every good deed and every good act, 100 times is returned back to us. We only need to do one good thing today. We are blessed more than we can count and more than we know.

Thursday: In the Gospel, the blind man's faith makes possible God's mercy.

Br. Zachary presided over a midweek retreat this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with 30 participants. The theme was "A Blessed Life: Living the Beatitudes."

We had a brief and meaningful close to Vespers on Wednesday to mark our official transition out of the monastery for renovations.

All week our juniors, novices, candidate and a handful of senior monks, along with our physical facilities and housekeeping crews, wrapped up the major parts of the move. Most of us let out a big "Whew!" this afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, Cristiano Rizzotto and his sister Amanda performed organ and singing, respectively, at a concert in the Archabbey Church. Beautiful performances! See more at this link.

The last several weeks have certainly kept us on our toes with Frs. Aelred's and Cyprian's deaths, a retreat and all the details of the move. We certainly have relied on your prayers to maintain a peaceful and prayerful attitude toward the liveliness of it all.

In our transition ritual at the close of Vespers on Wednesday, we chanted Psalm 121:8, "The LORD will guard our coming and going." May the Lord guard your coming and going and that of your loved ones as you seek God in all things.

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.