Happy Thanksgiving! We are very grateful for our families,
coworkers, oblates, alumni and benefactors.
On Friday, most of the juniors, novices and our one candidate
traveled to Indianapolis for the day to share about our way of life
with the thousands of high school youth and their chaperones at the
National Catholic Youth Conference.
Here are some wonderful photos from our day in Indianapolis
taken by Br. Lorenzo:
And a time-lapse video produced by Br. William highlighting the
set up of our NCYC display: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcaHAJ_2UXY
(We teamed up with One Bread, One Cup to have a vast display
Also on Friday, a couple of monks prepared and baked pizzas for
our Infirmary staff at the UnStable as a "Thank You" for the
tireless care they give our ill and aging confreres.
Fr. Noël gave a retreat at the Guest House last weekend: "Aging
Gracefully: A Retreat for 60s and Over."
On Sunday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Christ, King
of the Universe. Fr. Prior Kurt presided and Archabbot Lambert
preached the homily. Our coworkers were invited to this Eucharistic
celebration with a reception that followed. We, again, are very
grateful for our coworkers and their dedication to helping us in
our prayer and work.
Some notes from Archabbot Lambert's homily:
The central messages of Jesus describing the Kingdom of God is
sheer kindness. We are to receive it like children. Christ
established the Kingdom in the here and now in his preaching,
teaching and leading. Christ speaks of the Kingdom and its King,
and we celebrate that with the universal Church today.
We can't speak of what eye has not seen or what ear has not
heard, but we can talk about the earthly kingdom of God that's in
the here and now, and it is present here on this Hill. It's present
here on the Hill through our love for one another. How fortunate we
are to celebrate this feast together! I suggest that, as we pray
the Our Father today, we sincerely ask God to help us further the
Kingdom here on earth. When we love one another, we will know God
is truly present here on this Hill.
Br. Francis recently posted some blogs:
Giving Thanks (an update from New York, where Br.
Francis and Fr. Meinrad are there for the oblate retreat)
Fr. Thomas filled in for Fr. Harry (Mass heb this week) on
Tuesday (Memorial of St. Andrew Dũng-Lac, Priest, and Companions,
Martyrs) and shared in his homily:
How does the kingdom in Daniel's vision outlast all kingdoms? We
have to remember the Cross and that God's weakness is beyond all
human strength. Our faith is indeed grown and planted all around
the world, not by wielding the sword but by facing the sword like
St. Andrew and his companions faced. It is under God's wing where
we find refuge from this world and its afflictions.
Fr. Harry, at our Thanksgiving Day Mass, shared:
Gratitude is an interesting proposal by Cicero, who said,
"Gratitude is the mother of all virtues." We Benedictines follow
that discretion is the mother of all virtues, as found in the
Rule of St. Benedict. Cicero identifies the mark of
gratitude as the filial love one has for one's parents and he
remarks that gratitude is an important part of friendship. For
Cicero, thanksgiving is an essential component of being human. It
makes up our humanity.
The Samaritan in the Gospel who was healed by and thanks Jesus,
according to Cicero, was the only one of the then-healed who showed
his humanity. The leper in giving thanks acts as Jesus in showing
his humanity through his gratitude. So much comes to us in grace
upon grace, and let us be thankful for those things in this
Eucharist and every day.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here with many of the monks'
families and a handful of students. We are grateful to our kitchen
staff, who prepared a delicious meal.
This seemed to be an appropriate reading at Vigils on
Thanksgiving for Week II, Thursday of the monastic office:
"The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but
of justice, peace and the joy that is given by the Holy Spirit.
Whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem
of men. Let us, then, make it our aim to work for peace and to
strengthen one another." (Romans 14:17-19)