Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 30 - November 5, 2015

Fr. Eugene gave two additional homilies to round out his week as Mass Heb:

  • Friday: Jesus pushes the interpretation of the law about healing on the Sabbath. Healing is part of who God is, and it is part of his mercy and forgiveness. Jesus shows this to us. We see this in Exodus, too. Jesus doesn't want to dismiss the law, rather he wants to expand upon it.
  • Saturday: Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and everyone who humbles himself will be exulted. We, today, would say that's not how it works in the present world. What if we are wrong about that?

On Saturday, we enjoyed a pizza lunch at the UnStable. And on top of that party, we also had our annual Halloween party. The novices and juniors planned the party, prepared the food, created a skit and had some activities. The novices and juniors also unveiled homemade apple cider and hard cider. It was a fun evening of community.

On Sunday and Monday, Archabbot Justin presided at Mass and preached:

  • Sunday, All Saints: "A feast of eternity" is what one Catholic writer calls today's feast. Eternity can seem like somewhat of a pastel idea when we are faced with everyday activities and responsibilities. The saints were people whose everyday lives let eternity shine through. Jesus put everyday scenes before the crowd's eyes when he shared with them the beatitudes. The slice of realism he shared was a truth about the crowd's lives. This straight-on focus of everyday things is the view Jesus encouraged as the vision of holiness. Jesus saw the crowd for what they were with the eyes of the present and with the eye of eternity. The crowd was a mirror to one another of God's goodness in his creation. True holiness is not necessarily about heroics, but about humble acceptance of God's grace. Christ is the eye of eternity who opens our eyes to hope and blessedness. The beatitudes teach us that joy is not a promise of a far off future, but a gift from God in the present. Today's feast of all the saints is a celebration of Christ's paschal mystery in the lives of these men and women and happening in our lives today. Here we share a very real communion with the vast multitude of saints for our eternal happiness.
  • Monday, All the Faithful Departed: This obligation of faith highlights our communion of faith. The promise of Jesus to the thief at his side gave him hope during his agony. There comes a time when we look at the crucified one and we must go. For us who are living, we continue to move on with life aware of God's ever-present mercy. Our God is the God of the dead and the living.

Br. Martin designed windows for St. Mary of the Knobs Parish in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. He and Fr. Prior Kurt represented Saint Meinrad at Mass this past Sunday, where Archbishop Tobin was the principal celebrant. There the Bishop blessed the stained glass windows at Mass.

Fr. Guy is our Mass heb this week. On Thursday, he shared:

Yesterday, Jesus told us how much to love God. Today, Jesus tells us how much God loves us. He says there is more joy for the repentant sinner. Why? It's not because sin makes us more interesting, but it makes us more stupid and ugly than before and for a while after. Typically, what costs us more is more precious to us, and it is so with the Lord. We were bought for a price, and it was that which brings great joy in heaven.

Fr. Damian received the Sagamore of the Wabash designation by the State of Indiana on Thursday. Many folks with whom he worked, taught and for whom he was their pastor were present as a surprise to Fr. Damian at Saint Meinrad, where the recognition was conferred. The award is highest honor that the Governor of Indiana bestows. Overheard at the presentation:

  • He was the "resident scientist and moral compass" for the DNR of Indiana Department of Natural Resources, where he helped serve for many years as a volunteer
  • "When everyone was murmuring after meetings, we said 'thank God for Father Damian's presence.'" He brought faith to science.
  • "He is a man of the soil and the ground, and he understands how much the earth means for our well-being."
  • "He is always kind, yet firm in his counsel."
  • He said one time, "I am not smarter than anyone else. I'm just trickier."
  • Upon receiving the recognition, Fr. Damian said, "The truth of the matter is, I was having a lot of fun. This is unbelievable. Thanks!"

Congratulations, Fr. Damian, and thank you for your dedication to our local and global environment.

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.