Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

September 12-18, 2015

Please pray for the soul of our brother, Br. Benedict Barthel. He died Tuesday evening in our monastery infirmary. He was 95 and professed as a monk for 76 years. Here is a link to his obituary. Br. John Mark wrote this insightful reflection about being with Br. Benedict as he died.

On Saturday morning, several monks ran or volunteered for our Wellness Center's annual 5K race. (It's good training for the rare times we have to hurry to prayer or meetings or meals!)

On Saturday, the novices, Br. Stephen and Br. John Mark traveled to the property of one of our coworkers to pick ~200 lbs. of apples. Some of the novices have rounded up some equipment to make apple cider. We'll let you know how it turns out!

On Sunday, the novices and Br. John Mark journeyed to Indianapolis cathedral to join other religious, lay men and women and priests from around  the Archdiocese for a Day of Prayer hosted by Archbishop Joseph Tobin for the Year of Consecrated Life.

As you're reading this, take some time to pray this short, simple prayer Br. Francis recently offered on his blog.

Speaking of blogs, did you know that Fr. Denis Robinson, the president-rector of our Seminary and School of Theology, also occasionally posts homilies and reflections on his blog? Here is a link to his blog.

Fr. Colman, on Sunday, as Mass Heb, shared this in his homily (my notes): Our Lord is doing battle in a way in the Gospel today -- battling illusions, misinformed notions. Jesus was teaching his disciples that all their worries and expectations and their preoccupations of the world would be reconciled in the silence of the Cross.

In the Cross, what is left is the wisdom of the foolish or the annihilation of our expectations, which leads to the opening up of a world we could not have imagined -- the world we long for in this life is unimaginable joy with God. With the light of the resurrection and with faith in the resurrection, there is a freedom in letting go and dying to ourselves. We find a freedom in living for a world beyond this one.

On Monday, we had an OP, or Order of the Prior, at our liturgies for the Exultation of the Cross. We also enjoyed colloquium at dinner. Deacon Basilio Az Cuc from the Diocese of Owensboro served as deacon for our Eucharist on Monday.

Fr. Prior, in his homily at Mass on Monday, shared (my notes): The mystery of the Cross elicits many responses and many reactions. He shared some stories he has learned over the years about a young family not wanting a crucifix in their home, because they didn't want their children to see such a depressing image all the time; a baseball announcer made a comparison of a baseball player making the sign of the Cross at home plate in the batter's box to a superstitious action like wearing the same socks every game; and, a Jewish man who was invited to a Catholic university to speak at an event who pointed to the crucifix in the conference room and berated the university for trying to make him feel bad for the event of the Cross.

God the father gave his Son in the flesh so that we in our flesh might be saved. God gives us his forgiveness, not because we deserve it but because we need it. We see the Cross as God's trophy of his victory over sin. We give thanks today for the great blessing of the Cross where God gave us his Son. He gave us a share in his divinity and humanity.

Br. Zachary led a midweek retreat this week: "Mary, Mother of the Church."

This is a responsory verse that we regularly chant at Vespers during Ordinary Time. We chanted it this week: "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

And as St. Paul closes his Letter to the Galatians a few verses later, let us close here the same: "May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen."

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.