Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 2015 - Week 2

Fr. Eugene gave a retreat last weekend to 30 participants entitled "The Way of the Cross According to the Gospel of Mark."

Fr. Adrian also gave a retreat last weekend to the St. Barnabas Men's Retreat group. His topics focused on "Listening to God with a Discerning Ear."

Br. Francis, in addition to publishing a blog weekly with a Lenten theme, has also composed a couple additional posts with pictures the past several weeks. He also wrote a post for Lent two weeks ago that I missed in last week's About the House. Here is a list of his latest blog posts:

Fr. Vincent was our Mass heb this week. Last Sunday he reflected on the Gospel of Jesus in the temple area showing his fury toward those making a market of the temple area. Fr. Vincent had us imagine what it would be like if Jesus walked in the front doors of our churches. Jesus might not necessarily see us making a market of our churches, but he would see us making gods out of vices such as addiction, pride, jealousy, sex, eating, etc. Fr. Vincent proposed that Jesus most likely would not answer with anger but with mercy.

We recently started reading A Journey to the Heart of Jesus: Guideposts Along the Way by alumnus Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of the Archdiocese of Seattle. I offer to you some encouragement I found in one of the lines of the book we read this week, "Offering encouragement to one another is sharing in the strength of Jesus."

Fr. Colman and Nov. Thomas have been working steadily at keeping our homemade granola supply stocked. Nov. Thomas worked on an apple-based granola recipe this week with apple zest and apple juice.

Fr. Brendan, with Abbot Justin's permission, accepted the appointment to become the president-rector of Conception Seminary College by Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, of Conception Abbey, a Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation (the same congregation as Saint Meinrad) located in Conception, MO. (See our press release and that of Conception Abbey.)

Fr. Sebastian, who is a chaplain and teacher at the Canterbury School in Connecticut, is home while the school is on spring break.

This week we had another community meeting with a theme regarding our move for the monastery renovation. Fr. Colman presented on obedience, especially how we can be obedient and patient with one another leading up to the move, during the move and in our temporary living arrangements.

One of the questions we talked about in small groups regarded some interior obstacles to mutual obedience. Here is a list of some of those challenges. Maybe they will help you in your obedience to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc.:

  • Inflexibility
  • Stubbornness
  • Selfishness
  • Boundary issues
  • Lack of vulnerability
  • Lack of awareness
  • Tunnel vision
  • Resistance
  • Fear
  • Holding onto anger
  • Shyness (When and how to take a risk)
  • Pride
  • Judgmental
  • Unwillingness with a sense of justification
  • My way or the highway thinking
  • Self-absorption
  • "I do enough already"
  • Intellectual pride (I know better)
  • Self-will
  • No one else cares about X, Y and Z, why should I?

Finally, a quote from Fr. Vincent's homily this morning at Mass to round out our About the House this week, "Before we can truly love, we need to know we are loved by God."

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.