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