Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 2015-Week 3

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 brotherhood.

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 Indianapolis.

I found the Collect and the Prayer after Communion for The Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday to be particularly inspirational:

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 Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

 

And

 

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 Hall.

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 temporary cells.

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.

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.