Last weekend and this week were a little bit more eventful than
the past couple of weeks.
Most Friday mornings we are treated by Novices Jinu, Peter and
Thomas with sandwich-style eggs they make in muffin tins. That was
the case last Friday. Yum!
Later in the day last Friday, we enjoyed one another's company
at Monks @ Jack's. Jack's Coffee shop is in Alumni Commons, and
several Fridays throughout the year we gather for coffee and scones
or other snacks in Jack's as a community to grow in fraternity and
Seven seminarians were ordained transitional deacons in the
Archabbey Church last Saturday morning by Archbishop Tobin. Here's
more on the
ordination and a picture of the men with Archbishop Tobin of
I found the Collect and the Prayer after Communion for The
Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday to be particularly
God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
one God, for ever and ever.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that our reception of this paschal Sacrament
may have a continuing effect
in our minds and hearts.
Through Christ our Lord.
On Sunday during our evening meal, the seminary formation house
of St. Luke visited. We shared dinner and conversation together.
Fr. Denis is the dean and transitional Deacon Andy Syberg of the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis serves as prefect.
As has been mentioned several times, come the end of May, we
will be out of the monastery completely for renovations. The first
wave of moves out of the monastery took place this week. Our
Physical Facilities crew, Infirmary staff and several monks helped
move the infirm monks to their new infirmary rooms in Anselm
It was a major undertaking, and a lot of preparation that
happened ahead of time helped make the move seem like a "well-oiled
machine," as one observer noted. Plan the work and work the plan,
right? Pray for us as more waves of our community move to our
Overheard at morning office this week from Cardinal Joseph
Bernardin (my paraphrase): Easter pulls us back into the light and
allows us to share life giving news with others that will allow
them to roll away their stones of burden.
Fr. Joseph has been our Mass Heb this week. Wednesday, we heard
some of chapter 3 of John's Gospel. It contained the verse that was
very popularly written on signs at sporting events several years
ago (John 3:16 -- "God so loved the world that he gave his
only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not
perish but might have eternal life."). Fr. Joseph shared that even
though we don't necessarily carry signs around with scripture
verses, that by the way we live our lives people will see Christ in
us and have hope.
Also, 'tis the season for local school field trips. Several
times a week, we have grade school, middle school and high school
students join us for our liturgies. It is a great opportunity to
unite our prayer with the young Church.
I will end with a little encouragement from one of our
intercessions at office: May we look beyond appearances and
recognize the risen Christ walking among us.