Sweet treats. That's what Br. André worked on this week and last
week at culinary school in the baking and pastry segment of his
studies. He worked on cookies and brownies last week, and this week
they worked on cakes. Let's hope he brought some cake to share with
us this weekend when he returns for some community time on the
We received 30 chickens last Friday, and our Physical Facilities
staff has fixed up our old butchery smokehouse as a coop for the
chickens. We look forward to when they will begin laying eggs in
the next several months. I, Nov. Timothy, have been feeding them
every morning after Mass and checking their water. They go to and
from the coop regularly to also eat grass in the area as free-range
Last week and this week, Fr. Columba has been instructing some
eager participants about chant. In addition, over the next several
weeks we will have permanent deacon classes from around the country
here working on their homiletics. Also joining us for retreat are
seminarians from the Diocese of Covington in Kentucky, and novice
Dominicans will have spent a week on the Hill this week for retreat
We enjoyed two concerts in the Archabbey Church last weekend.
High school students from a church in Nashville traveled around the
country giving concerts, and they stopped in on their way back to
Nashville. Then, on Sunday, several organists gave a concert in the
church covering several works.
The juniors, novices and candidate enjoyed a homemade Indian
meal on Saturday night prepared by Nov. Jinu, Br. Martin, Br. André
and Nov. Thomas. Nov. Jinu is from India and Br. Martin spent some
time in India as a Marianist before joining our community.
Fr. Germain served as our Mass heb this week. He shared some of
the following in his homilies:
Sunday: The Lord wants us to rest sometimes as he rested. In
today's Gospel he encourages the disciples to rest after their work
spreading the Gospel. Though they were jubilant, they were tired
from their work, and Jesus encouraged them to rest. This is good
advice for all of us.This is good advice for all of us! (Fr.
When Jesus spoke these words, perhaps he was thinking of the
21st century. Mary may serve as a good example for all of us, too.
She, though not having a photo memory book, pondered all the good
things God had done for her. And, so may we, too, quietly and
reflectively, and in peace and with gratitude, ponder God's
goodness and mercy toward us.
Tuesday's main theme: Jesus is the ultimate brother's keeper as
Wednesday, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: Mary was a native of
Magdala, a fishing village near Galilee. Mary Magdalene stayed at
the Cross when others fled. God rewarded Mary for her faithfulness
to Jesus by making her an apostle to the Apostles in announcing
Jesus' resurrection. There are dark times in our lives where Mary's
example encourages us to desire God in those dark times and to not
give up on God's love and mercy.
Friday, Feast of St. Sharbel Makhluf: Fr. Germain related a
story about five novices from the United States who visited St.
Sharbel's grave 50 years after he died and before he was canonized.
They took a picture there, and upon developing the picture, there
was a sixth person in the portrait. Several elderly monks of St.
Sharbel's community recognized the figure as St. Sharbel.
Fr. Germain continued, St. Sharbel lived a quiet life of
monastic solitude. Not much was known about St. Sharbel, and when a
light shone over his grave 40 days and 40 nights after he died, it
caused many to look into his life. Many miracles are attributed to
St. Sharbel's intercession. When we become bored or weary of
monastic life, may we look to St. Sharbel's life, and let us
remember the privilege it is that he recognized of following