**Brief Update on About the House** Because classes are
starting, I am amending when I type the About the House, as my
schedule has changed slightly due to taking some classes in the
school as part of novitiate formation. It may or may not affect
when it is released by our Communications Office, but I plan to
write from Thursday to Thursday each week. The weekly format will
stay the same, and I will leave it to our fine folks in the
Communications Office to determine when it is best to send via
social media based on their schedule.
On to the news from our house.
Fr. Adrian gave a retreat this past weekend titled "Being Born
Here are some excerpts and notes from Fr. Jeremy's homilies this
past week as he served as Mass Heb. He filled in for Fr. Vincent,
who is on the mend from back surgery. Your prayers for his
continued recovery would be appreciated.
Sunday: Fr. Jeremy related stories of addiction from the prison
inmates he works with at Branchville, and he sees this Gospel as a
great opportunity to help these men (and all of us) see ourselves
as good and know we can work on the evil that comes from within. We
can do this through God's grace and the sacraments. He encouraged
us, like the Book of James highlights: Humbly welcome the word that
has been planted in us that is able to save our souls. This can
save us from what is evil.
Wednesday: On this day in 1887, the monastery suffered from the
"Great Fire." Tradition has it, the monks did not miss prayer
throughout the day. For the first time since September 2, 1981, and
because of our current monastery upgrades, we are living in the
monastery that burned. Fires were (and still are, but prior to
recent upgrades) a real threat to our monastery. We pray especially
for our volunteer fire department and Br. Benjamin's role with the
fire department, and we are reminded of the good stewardship ourd
Development Office works to cultivate in helping us maintain the
safety of our buildings.
Thursday, Feast of St. Gregory: Gregory had a great love for St.
Benedict, having written about him in his Dialogues. He is
also attributed to the formation of chant. He saw himself as a
servant and understood Benedict's teaching of humility.
On Monday we invited Fr. Damien Dietlein, OSB, from Assumption
Abbey to join us for our evening meal, and we had special desserts
and cordials afterward to honor his nearly 50 years of teaching in
our Seminary and School of Theology. We thank "Damo" for his
tireless efforts in leading students in learning Scripture,
particularly the Old Testament. Here's a "throwback" picture of him
with many of his colleagues here in what is speculated the late
Link to Photo)
On Wednesday, we had a community meeting where we heard updates
about the progress of the monastery renovation. We were also to see
and touch some of the paneling, carpet, tile, etc. which will be
replaced/added in certain parts of the monastery.
We finished reading at table Laudato Si', Pope Francis'
most recent encyclical. We moved on to a book about the history of
the Hudson River. One of the last lines we heard from Pope Francis
seemed pertinent regarding community life and also about communion
with one another around the world: "We must regain the conviction
that we need one another."