Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

February 2015 - Week 4

Last weekend Fr. Adrian led a retreat for the Happy Heart Women's group of about 50 women. The retreat was titled, "Being Born Anew."

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 saying.

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 their ministries.

++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: (Be sure your audio is on.)

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.