Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

February 12-18, 2016

We recently started a new book at our main meal for table reading: (The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2012) Love Unknown  by Ruth Burrows, OCD.

Here is a quote from the introduction to the book:

It is an abiding grief to me that many faithful religious people, even regular churchgoers, understand little of the great truths they sincerely profess to believe. My special grief is for our young people. As children, they accompany their parents to church and delight in what goes on, perhaps active in the liturgy as acolytes and servers. But unless a real love for Jesus is awakened in their hearts, unless they have been helped to perceive something of the wonder and sheer beauty of the content of faith in which they are instructed, how can they withstand the atheism of our materialistic society? It is in the very air they must breathe.

The junior monks, in their weekly juniorate conference, are reading Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church, a document released late last year by the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. They are reading this document with an eye toward humility, obedience and silence.

Fr. Noël gave a retreat at the Guest House this past weekend: "Sincerely Yours," for married couples.

Fr. Colman, our Mass heb this week, preached on Wednesday. An excerpt:

The king and the nobles in Nineveh removed their robes and put on sackcloth and ashes and commanded the people of Nineveh to do the same. It might boggle our minds that the king and his people did this.

They did this because they believed in the providence of God. Jesus reminds his followers and the crowds to be aware of God's providence and that the kingdom of God is here and now. The prophetic word of Jesus calls us to turn, turn and turn yet again and believe in the Gospel.

Br. Francis recently wrote a few blogs:

We received this update about the monastery renovations:

The work on the Upgrading Project continues. As with any retro-fitting work, unexpected complications are par for the course. Several of those complications have affected the work that Messmer Mechanical is doing. They, along with Jasper Lumber, are continuing to look for ways to make up for lost time and putting the work back on schedule so that we can move back into the house around the 1st of August. Messmer Mechanical has begun to work 10 hours each day and 5 hours on Saturday for the next month in an effort to gain the lost time. While the original completion date remains the target, and not an unrealistic one, the Project Committee will monitor the progress and any adjustments that may be needed to stage our return to the house.

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, on Thursday, installed Br. Peduru, together with his classmates, to the ministry of acolyte.

Some fruit for your reflection and discernment:

From Lauds intercessions on Wednesdays during weeks 1/3/5 in Lent:

"That we may be transformed through patient endurance."

How/What/Where/With whom is God calling you to patient endurance?

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.