Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

November 6-12, 2015

We had a unique opportunity to pray with the seminarian community on Sunday. We typically have each of the five seminary formation houses over for dinner in the monastery. They would join us for Vespers and dinner in our refectory (dining room).

Because of our temporary relocation due to the monastery upgrades, we amended our meeting. The whole seminary community joined us for Vespers on Sunday, and we joined them for dinner in their dining room. Following dinner, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was available from 6 to 7 p.m., concluding with Compline in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (the seminary chapel).

We have a standard white and red wine with some of our evening meals and our Sunday midday meal (main meal of the day on Sunday). Fr. Luke has been working with our Hill-wide distributor to allow us to try some different wines within our price range for our Sunday midday meal.

On Tuesday, several monks trekked north for the Indianapolis-area Alumni and Friends dinner. Around 200 guests attended.

Fr. Colman served as our Mass heb this week. Some excerpts from my notes on his homilies:

Sunday: The readings today show us pure and true religion: To give with all one's heart, all one's soul and all one's strength as a self-gift to the Lord and to keep oneself pure. Our readings and the sayings of the Lord are not about money. Remember that the poor widow contributes to the upkeep of the temple and what is this "more" that she has given? It is complete devotion to God and self-sacrifice. It is easy for religion to become self-serving. So, over and over again, we have to hear what true religion is. St. Benedict urges his monks not to be called holy before they are truly holy. What is true religion? Again, it's to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Wednesday, St. Martin: Today we meditate on the second part of the great commandment: love your neighbor. To go to one's neighbor and to make oneself a neighbor to others is the mandate. Martin, in a dream, sees the Lord wearing half his warrior's cloak he had given to a beggar in the cold. All nations will see this scenario of the Gospel as this judgment: to what you did to the least of my brothers you did for me, and what you did not do for my brothers you did not do for me.

On Monday, Fr. Prior Kurt presided for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. He shared:

In 1570, this feast day was added to the liturgical calendar. In 1735, "Mother of All Churches" was carved into its side. St. Augustine reminded his people that they were the raw materials with which the modern Church was built. The materials, as they entered the church, entered in a pretty rough state. The same is true for us when we enter the world. Through baptism, God's grace, teachers, mentors and friends help form us into beautiful parts of the Church. We must give each other the support of love. Without love, the building would fail. Without brothers living in unity, the Church would not continue to grow.

We enjoyed colloquium (talking) at our evening meal on Monday in honor of the feast.

In cased you missed it, Fr. Damian was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the governor of Indiana:

Have you seen our cloister view series from our vocations office? Check out some of the videos here:

Leaving you with a little gem from the Rule of St. Benedict: Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.(Chapter 4, verses 25-26)

Peace be with you, and know of our prayers for 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.