Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 2015: April 25-May 1

Last weekend, we had a number of groups spend the weekend with us. The Board of Overseers were here conducting their good work for the Seminary and School of Theology -- helping our formation and administrative staff continue advancing the mission of our school.

Several oblates were here who met in various committees to strategize about oblate engagement and helping improve the oblate chapter experience.

Finally, the "One Bread, One Cup" Advisory Board met this past weekend, too, to discuss our summer youth program and how to continue improving the program for high school youth, their campus and youth ministers, and the college interns.

*On a personal note: In reflecting on the groups who spent time with us this weekend, it is inspiring how God brings us together for the good of the Church. We all have gifts, talents and treasures to offer the Church, and it's beautiful when we see those elements united, especially when we offer our praises to God together in prayer.

On Saturday for our midday meal, we enjoyed a pizza lunch at the UnStable. Some of us watched baseball, others played air hockey, and we all shared in fraternity together.

On Sunday evening, the St. Mark formation house from the seminary joined us for dinner. Fr. John Kang is the dean of that house, and Deacon Hiep Nguyen of the Diocese of Cheyenne is the house prefect.

At Mass on Sunday, Fr. Guy presided. In his homily (my paraphrase) he emphasized:

The same power by which the Lord takes up His life and lays it down is the same power by which the Earth was created and the dead are raised. The Lord wants to convince us of His charity by telling us He is the Good Shepherd. This is an ancient image -- and it images His charity -- the charity that saves us. It is the love that connects us to Him and Him to us.

In Morning Office on Wednesday, we heard an exhortation from St. Catherine of Siena whose feast we celebrated: "The more I search for you, God, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search."

Fr. Simon Baker (we're getting used to calling him that!), a monk from St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, who is wrapping up his seminary studies here, was ordained a priest this Saturday. Here is a nice article about Fr. Simon.

This Friday morning at Office, we listened to an insightful explanation of the "alleluia." Here's an excerpt: We must be alleluias from our head to our feet -- praising God with our whole being. Let us praise God, as St. Augustine says, with our actions, words, attitudes, conversation, speech and our whole life.

Our May Monte Cassino Pilgrimages start this weekend on Sunday. Consider visiting and read more here.

Br. Francis wrote an update about his life and also life here at the monastery. Have a read here.

I know I've mentioned several times about our temporary move out of the monastery for renovations, and Br. Francis mentions it in his blog. This seems to be a helpful Psalm we read at Morning Office this week: "When cares increase within me, your comfort gives me joy." Pslam 94:19

Know of our prayers for you, too, with any struggles you may be facing, and may you find joy in God's comforting embrace and peace as this spring season of renewal continues to blossom in nature and in our hearts.

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.