On Sunday, Fr. Christian presided, and he was our Mass heb this
week. Here are some excerpts from his homily:
Sunday (from the actual text of his homily):
The Eucharist is a nuptial banquet and in this wedding feast the
Church as bride says "yes" to him and forsakes all others. She will
have no other spouse. And if you and I say Amen, then we say that
we, too, forsake all others as the treasure of our heart. We choose
Christ to have first place in our lives.
In the Eucharist we, the Church as body, also say yes to Christ
as our head. We agree to his lordship and to his authority over our
lives. We say Yes, we say Amen, and we receive the gift of union we
have therefore chosen. We allow him to make us his body and
In a way, this Amen is our greatest sacrifice. As bride, it is
the letting go of our false isolation and individualism. As body,
it is the surrender of being in charge. It is to resign as general
manager and controller of the universe, and letting him be our
Every Mass is an altar call. Let us not receive in some pious
coma. Let us not receive out of passive obligation. Let us receive
with an emphatic yes that we want to take our stand with Christ and
with his Church. Let us say yes - this is who we are and this is
where we want to be. Let us give him our Amen - our affirmation,
consent, and commitment.
Wednesday (St. Martha, St. Mary and St.
Lazarus) (from my notes): Monasteries and pilgrims go hand in hand.
Monasteries are never without guests, and it is a reminder that
monastic life places a great importance on hospitality in addition
to our prayer and community time.
Monasteries would be incomplete without guests. Today's feast of
Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus gives us a prime example of
hospitality. Let's give it the attention, love and time it
deserves, and realize like Mary, that we, too, can choose the
Friday (St. Ignatius of Loyola) (from my
notes): Many saints were influenced by Benedictine hospitality and
education. St. Ignatius made a pilgrimage to the Benedictine
monastery at Montserrat shortly after his coming to the faith.
Benedictine presence in biographies of saints should be
encouragement to us (monks) to be formative in the lives of
present-day saints who visit our monastery.
We come to the monastery to seek God and strive after holiness.
Our work, too, is to help others in their journey. By making holy
our guests, students and coworkers, we, too, can become saints.
Fr. Meinrad led a midweek retreat this week with about 30 guests
in attendance. It was a blessing to have them join us for our
Br. André put a beautiful picture of Baked Alaska on his
Facebook page this week. Looked tasty!
Novices John and Charles will make temporary vows next week on
Thursday on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord at
Vespers. Candidate Tony will be invested as a novice on August 5.
Brother Peduru will renew his temporary vows on Monday, August 3.
Please pray for these confreres.
Brs. Justin and Cajetan arrived from the Abbey of the Ascension
in Dzogbégan, Togo, to begin studies here in our seminary. Please
pray for them as they transition to life and studies here at Saint
Here's a brief video of our beehive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBZEleNdgf0
Our chicken coop had the fence taken down from around it. Now
the chickens are really free-range. Bring on the eggs!
In closing, here is a quote from St. Peter Chyrsologus whose
homily we heard this week: "Love peace and all the world will be
tranquil and quiet."