Fr. Meinrad worked with our Oblate advisory groups last
weekend-both the Oblate Council and the Oblate Finance
Have you been curious about monastic names? Our new podcast
episode gives some insight into monks and their names with some
reflective and humorous anecdotes. Click here for the podcast.
Br. Francis released a new "Ponder the Word" post on his
Several of our junior monks have been brewing different kinds of
beer. Br. Jean recently planted hops in our garden for future use
in brewing. We will also have one of the beers at table this
weekend: an oatmeal stout.
May's Monte Cassino Pilgrimages begin this Sunday, May 1; Novice
Joshua will offer the month's first homily. Here is a link with more information
about the pilgrimages this May.
Fr. Guy, our forester, reports that on Tuesday, April 19, the
Abbey sold 27,260 board feet of white pine and 189,441 board feet
of hardwood on 75 acres off Short Johnnytown Road. Meanwhile,
timber stand improvement and control of invasive species continue,
especially when there is extra help.
Fr. Tobias, vice rector of our seminary, shared that after a
couple years of research, a 9-hole disc golf course will be
installed on campus … much to the delight of seminarians, some
confreres familiar with the sport, and also others who visit the
campus who are familiar with how to play. Curious about disc golf?
Here is a brief overview about this
inexpensive and unobtrusive sport.
Here is a good paragraph for reflection. This is an excerpt from
a Vigils reflection this week from Christ the Life of the
Soul by Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB.
Christ has become our neighbor; or
rather, our neighbor isChrist who presents himself to us in this or
that form. He presents himself to us, suffering in those who are
sick, destitute in those in want, a prisoner in those who are
captives, sad in those who mourn. But it is faith that shows him to
us thus in his members. And if we do not see him in them, it is
because our faith is weak, our love imperfect. That is why St. John
says that if we do not love our neighbor whom we see, how can we
love God whom we do not see? If we do not love God under the
visible form in which he presents himself to us, that is to say in
our neighbor, how can we say that we love him in himself, in his