Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

September 25-October 1, 2015

Last Friday, the faculty had a study day in New Harmony, Indiana, so it was a long weekend for students. Friday's quietness was a theme for this week's About the House. One highlight from the past week was our celebration of the anniversary of the Dedication of the Archabbey Church on Sunday.

Speaking of the anniversary of the Dedication of the Archabbey Church, we're trying something new: Our monastic Liturgical Advisory Committee recommended to Father Abbot that we take advantage of the flexibility suggested by the rubrics and transfer our celebration of the dedication anniversary (which is actually September 30) to the closest Sunday, thus allowing us a better time of day in the week to celebrate the day as a solemnity. Our pattern will be: if September 30 falls on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (as it did this year), the solemnity will be celebrated on the preceding Sunday; if the 30th  falls on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, we will celebrate it on the following Sunday.

Here are some notes I took from Father Abbot Justin's homily from the dedication anniversary Mass: He cited a quote from Time magazine about the September 11 attacks: "If you want to humble an empire, it makes sense to maim its cathedrals." The power of this metaphor should not escape Catholic imagination. The Gospel today (about the tearing down of the temple and it being rebuilt in three days) threw the Jews into a tizzy.

Parish churches, at the threat of being torn down, are cause for parishioners' tizzies. This is rightly so because there are many memories and God's presence in these sacred places. Jesus spoke of the temple as his body. If the Jews could not understand the tearing down of the temple, how would they understand Jesus' words? Every church in the Christian faith is dedicated to Christ. Those who worship here in this church worship not in duty, but in preference to the love of Christ.

On Tuesday, for the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Fr. Luke (Mass heb for the week) preached: Pope Francis was trying to get used to having a view of what is above during his visit to the United States. The bigger picture is more than politicians winning and losing. The bigger picture is him visiting the homeless and  the Little Sisters of the Poor, for example. Today's feast draws us to look beyond what is in front of us. There is a reality beyond what we can see, touch, feel and taste -- something for which we should be grateful.

Br. Francis wrote a blog post related to the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Check it out here.

Br. Martin gave a retreat this weekend at the Guest House: "Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life." For more on our retreats, click this link.

Novice Peter will be running a half-marathon this weekend in Evansville.

On Wednesday we had a financial update meeting with our Business Manager and the General Manager from the Abbey Press.

Fr. Sebastian and Fr. Colman returned from Connecticut this week, where Fr. Sebastian took care of some packing up and said some joyful and emotional good-byes to the staff and students at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. Here is a link to their website about his farewell.

Finally, some good advice from St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians (4:29-32), which we heard at Lauds last Friday:

Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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.