Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 23-29, 2015

Fr. Thomas presented at and moderated at the Third IASPES (The International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein) Conference in Austria this past weekend. He delivered a paper titled "Towards a Steinian Neo-Essentialism."

Fr. Ephrem is home until January. It will be nice to have him home for a couple months. (I'm happy he's here, too, because he make a good euchre partner.)

Fr. Adrian gave a retreat in our Guest House this past weekend: "We Should be Patient with the Scruples of Unbelievers."

Fr. Eugene is our Mass heb this week. Here are some excerpts from my notes on his homilies:

Sunday: What kind of story is the story of blind Bartimaeus? It's a story of faith. Jesus often has to correct the disciples' misunderstandings. Jesus asks the question, "What do you want me to do for you?" That question first came up with James and John and now with Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus' answer is significant: "Master, let me see."

The irony is that already he sees more than anyone else in the story. He has seen something in one moment, and Jesus' disciples who have been hanging out with him since the beginning are still learning to see. Bartimaeus sees in that moment with the eyes of faith. Faith is the conviction of things not seen. Faith entails 5 things: Risk, boldness, confidence, empowerment and transformation. The question then for us is how would we answer Jesus? We can choose blindness or faith.

Monday: Today's Gospel shows Jesus' anger and aggression. He approaches the crippled woman and heals her by laying his hands on her. He then reproaches the synagogue officials because they accuse him of doing work on the Sabbath. Jesus reproaches them because he doesn't like narrow-mindedness. He is going after the hypocrites and chances are he's coming after us. We need to be careful.

Tuesday: The Gospel looks at two images of the Kingdom of God. Let's look at the first image -- mustard seeds and mustard bushes. Why would he compare the kingdom to an ugly bush? He knows where our heads would be -- we tend to go after the big, the best and beautiful. If you want to know the Kingdom of God is, it is right in front of us in the plain mustard bush -- it is in us! We have to learn to look at one another a little differently. Here amongst us is the reality of the Kingdom of God to be found. If we can't find it here, we won't find it at all.

Wednesday: We know little about the Apostles, and that's not important when we celebrate their feasts. We celebrate the Apostolic tradition. We celebrate these eye witnesses who preserve Jesus' authentic teaching. Their teaching expanded beyond the sacred scripture, and it has allowed us to navigate complexities of our world. Apostolic tradition is living and real, it is alive and well. It is always understood to be animated by the Holy Spirit.

Thursday: St. Paul uses a diatribe but not in the negative sense. "If God is for us, who can be against us? What can separate us from the love of Christ?" The answer to both questions is "us". We can separate our communities and families from God. Maybe that's what St. Paul was getting at in today's reading.

Br. Martin led a midweek retreat this week titled "Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life."

Br. Francis recently shared some blog posts:

Seasonal "sacraments"
His reflections on Patience

Speaking of seasonal … fall is here. Take a look a this link for some photos by our Communications Office photographer, Krista Hall, and seminarian Minh Vu.

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.