Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

January 15-21, 2016

This week Novice Joshua Leeuw was invested as a novice, and Brothers Simon, Nathaniel, Joel and Jean professed temporary vows at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Saint Meinrad.

Read more about Novice Joshua here.

Read more about Brothers Simon, Nathaniel, Joel and Jean here.

Also, Br. Francis recently  posted a blog with an update on happenings here at Saint Meinrad.

At table this week, we have been reading Pope Francis' The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church.

On Sunday, Fr. Vincent presided and preached: John opens the wedding feast in Cana with the scene opening on Mary. It seems it was almost a requirement at these festivities to have a lot to drink. Mary, with a mother's heart, sees how to help maintain the festive nature of the party. It took Mary's nature as a mother and her mercy to intervene.

Where does that law leave us in this year of mercy? Jesus tells us to not stop asking. There are all kinds of scenes in Scripture where Jesus encourages people to keep asking and growing. Because of a woman's heart, the earth would never be the same again. We have to ask ourselves if we have mercy. We need to get involved with the sensitivity of our hearts.

How do we enter into a revolution of tenderness? Jesus is asking for a constructive revolution of tenderness and to dare to make a difference. Now is the time to move and do something. The apostles at this moment began to believe at the Wedding Feast of Cana. We are all called everyday to believe-believe in the tender mercy that comes from God. We bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. It's time for revolution and mercy.

On Wednesday, Fr. Luke presided and preached: What is the Sabbath? One day set aside where we can take additional time to focus on our relationship with Christ. It's an opportunity to dive deeper into the Paschal Mystery.

We had a great celebration on Thursday for the Solemnity of our holy patron, St. Meinrad. Archabbot Justin presided at Mass and preached: It was in the school of the Lord's service where St. Meinrad learned to love Christ and others. Who is the neighbor in whom we will see the love of God? This is the repeated question in the school of the Lord's service. Like the lawyer in the Gospel, we know the right answer, but we often seek something more flashy.

St. Meinrad regularly gave to works of prayer and charity because that is what he faced. In what was ordinary for him cost him his life. The master's precepts are there to lead us-monks, students, oblates and guests-to eternal life. We must acknowledge God and neighbor. It's one thing to be the neighbor, and it's another to see the neighbor with God's love. Meinrad learned to recognize the face of Christ even in his enemy.

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.