Last weekend, we had a number of groups spend the weekend
with us. The Board of Overseers were here conducting their good
work for the Seminary and School of Theology -- helping our
formation and administrative staff continue advancing the mission
of our school.
Several oblates were here who met in various committees to
strategize about oblate engagement and helping improve the oblate
Finally, the "One Bread, One Cup" Advisory Board met this
past weekend, too, to discuss our summer youth program and how to
continue improving the program for high school youth, their campus
and youth ministers, and the college interns.
*On a personal note: In reflecting on the groups who spent
time with us this weekend, it is inspiring how God brings us
together for the good of the Church. We all have gifts, talents and
treasures to offer the Church, and it's beautiful when we see those
elements united, especially when we offer our praises to God
together in prayer.
On Saturday for our midday meal, we enjoyed a pizza lunch
at the UnStable. Some of us watched baseball, others played air
hockey, and we all shared in fraternity together.
On Sunday evening, the St. Mark formation house from the
seminary joined us for dinner. Fr. John Kang is the dean of that
house, and Deacon Hiep Nguyen of the Diocese of Cheyenne is the
At Mass on Sunday, Fr. Guy presided. In his homily (my
paraphrase) he emphasized:
The same power by which the Lord takes up His life and
lays it down is the same power by which the Earth was created and
the dead are raised. The Lord wants to convince us of His charity
by telling us He is the Good Shepherd. This is an ancient image --
and it images His charity -- the charity that saves us. It is the
love that connects us to Him and Him to us.
In Morning Office on Wednesday, we heard an exhortation
from St. Catherine of Siena whose feast we celebrated: "The more I
search for you, God, the more I find, and the more I find the more
Fr. Simon Baker (we're getting used to calling him that!), a
monk from St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, who is wrapping up
his seminary studies here, was ordained a priest this Saturday.
Here is a nice article about Fr. Simon.
This Friday morning at Office, we listened to an
insightful explanation of the "alleluia." Here's an excerpt: We
must be alleluias from our head to our feet -- praising God with
our whole being. Let us praise God, as St. Augustine says, with our
actions, words, attitudes, conversation, speech and our whole
Our May Monte Cassino Pilgrimages start this weekend on Sunday.
Consider visiting and read more here.
Br. Francis wrote an update about his life and also life here at
the monastery. Have a read here.
I know I've mentioned several times about our temporary
move out of the monastery for renovations, and Br. Francis mentions
it in his blog. This seems to be a helpful Psalm we read at Morning
Office this week: "When cares increase within me, your comfort
gives me joy." Pslam 94:19
Know of our prayers for you, too, with any struggles you
may be facing, and may you find joy in God's comforting embrace and
peace as this spring season of renewal continues to blossom in
nature and in our hearts.