Fr. Cyprian recently traveled to New Orleans to Xavier
University and was honored there by the Institute for Black
Catholic Studies' inaugural Sister Eva Regina Martin, S.S.F., Ph.D.
Lecture. Fr. Cyprian's book, The History of Black Catholics in
the United States, is celebrating this year its 25th
anniversary of first being published. At the lecture, a revised
edition this book was ceremoniously displayed. Read more at this link.
Fr. Christian successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at
Catholic University of America. The title of his dissertation is
"Compromise or Charism?: The Identity and Mission of Religious
Priesthood in Light of Hans Urs Von Balthasar's Theology."
Congratulations, Fr. Christian. Read more here: http://trs.cua.edu/news/news/April-2015/raab-defense.cfm
Fr. Christian will continue teaching in our Seminary and School of
Fr. Mark gave a retreat for 44 retreatants last weekend titled
"A Weekend with St. Teresa of Avila."
Fr. Thomas has shared insights with us this week as Mass Heb in
his homilies. Here are my recollections:
Sunday: God became a human because it must be
possible for God's glory to dwell in human flesh. We touch upon a
great mystery when human flesh becomes glorified. Jesus' human life
is eternally present and we celebrate His life through the year in
our liturgies. As we stand in this room (the Archabbey Church),
Jesus is about to enter even though He is already here, and He will
say, "Peace be with you!"
Tuesday: Perhaps if truth and goodness fail us in
evangelizing, we can preach beauty. May our lives be a beautiful
poem for others to see Christ shining through us.
Wednesday: Let us write this on our hearts, the
words of Jesus: I will not reject anyone who comes to me. We may
unknowingly entertain angels or even Jesus Himself.
Thursday: Like the eunuch in the first reading
today, if we admit we don't understand something, it means we
Friday: Saul was filled with evil zeal. Yet, Jesus
turned his evil zeal into good zeal. What are the areas of our
lives that are filled with bad zeal where God is calling us to use
those energies for good?
Bishop-Elect of Lexington, KY, and Conventual Franciscan John
Stowe was here on retreat this week. We invited him to join us for
our evening meal on Thursday, and at the end of the meal Archabbot
Justin introduced Bishop-Elect Stowe to the community. We
celebrated his appointment with applause and wishes of prayer.
I'll end with this: As has been mentioned in previous weeks'
About the House editions, we have asked for prayers as we embark on
our move out of the monastery for renovations. It hit me this week,
because several times a week we pray for monks who work or study
away from the community, that I should also ask you for prayers for
our expositi (monastic community members working or
studying away from the monastery).
One of our intercessions this week read: "May our brothers who
work away from the monastery know our support and find peace in the
Spirit." Let us pray to the Lord.