Last weekend Fr. Adrian led a retreat for the Happy Heart
Women's group of about 50 women. The retreat was titled, "Being
This week Fr. Eugene served as our Mass Heb. In last Sunday's
homily, he encouraged us to choose faith over fear by using Jesus
as our model in order that we may persevere through some of the
ambiguity in our world.
After Mass on Sunday, Br. John Mark and Nov. Thomas treated us
to tangerine-infused scones, which we enjoyed during our informal
coffee break post-Mass.
Relating to Tuesday's Mass readings, Fr. Eugene suggested we pay
particular attention to how we pray the Our Father. He suggested
that we not pray lightly the Our Father, but instead understand the
prayer as a demand to God. Think about the lines and what we are
Fr. Eugene also enlightened us that we often hear three themes
during Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In light of Thursday's
Gospel, he offered that we might consider what seeking,
knocking and asking might look like for us during
Lent now that we are a week into the season.
Speaking of Lenten themes, Br. Francis is posting Lenten
reflections weekly during Lent on his blog, "The Path of Life."
This week he reflected on "What Does Repentance Mean?"
Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R, of the Archdiocese of
Indianapolis, was on the Hill on Wednesday and spoke to a crowd of
sisters from Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, IN,
seminarians and students from the Seminary and School of Theology,
and members of our monastic community.
His conference was one of the events we are hosting this year to
honor the Year of Consecrated Life as designated by Pope Francis.
He also was the principal celebrant at our Eucharistic celebration
following the conference, with Deacon Adam Ahern of the Archdiocese
of Indianapolis serving as deacon.
Some notes from Archbishop Tobin's conference:
++He shared an image he heard that churches around the world
that are successful at promoting vocations to the consecrated life
are parishes that are on fire in their ministries, whereas areas
around the world where vocations to the consecrated life are
lacking find many of the parishes having cooled or are lacking in
++He sees religious life as a means to hunt for or
enthusiastically seek God and that religious life is a profound
example of seeking God.
++Religious men and women are witnesses who help point to Christ
and maintain an example of the Christo-centric way of living.
++He posed a couple questions: How do we (religious men and
women) live as salt and light? How do we allow people to see us
(religious men and women) as pointing to God?
Archbishop Tobin, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy
Redeemer commonly known as the Redemptorists, closed by saying that
this particular day of his presentation, February 25, was very
meaningful to him because it's the day in 1749 when Pope Benedict
XIV canonically approved the Redemptorist Congregation.
Finally, if you're looking for a peaceful reflection for Lent,
check out this time-lapsed video of the sunrise over the Archabbey
Church: http://youtu.be/E5axOqqDHTI (Be sure
your audio is on.)