Br. André was home this past weekend. His culinary courses have
him traveling around the world … with taste, at least. They are
studying international cooking. Last week they studied Chinese
cooking, and this week they are working on Vietnamese.
Fr. Germain is our Mass heb this week. Some excerpts from his
Sunday: Jesus gives a clear and decisive answer
to the Pharisees about marriage. With these words, Jesus ratifies
the sacred character of marriage and condemns divorce. In today's
Gospel, Jesus invites us to return to the beginning - the Garden of
Eden. God created man and woman equal - and they need each other.
May all married men and women and their children here find joy and
happiness in God through your marriage.
Wednesday, Our Lady of the Rosary: The rosary
was used as a way for the faithful to understand the mysteries of
Jesus' life at times when they couldn't read or when Mass was not
in the vernacular of the people. Some saints found the rosary to be
a hindrance to their prayer life -- and some here feel that way --
and that's OK! When we pray the rosary, there is no obligation to
finish it, but it's an opportunity to spend time in God's presence.
"Hang loose" should be our motto when praying the rosary -- we can
contemplate with God and rest with him.
Br. Maurus gave the Monte Cassino reflection -- the first of
four -- by four different monastic presenters this month. Br.
Maurus' talk was on "To Jesus through Mary." Click this
link for more information on the October Monte Cassino
pilgrimages and to see the presenters and topics for the next three
On Wednesday, we had a community meeting where Fr. Denis R. led
the community through several PowerPoint slides with reports on the
Seminary and School of Theology and its programs. As
President-Rector, he shared many of the areas where our Seminary
and School of Theology is excelling and made note of focus areas
for continuing to strengthen the school.
In agricultural news, our chickens finally started laying eggs,
and we are nearly ready to harvest honey from our one beehive.
Several monks played a role in meeting with our Board of
Overseers this past weekend. They enjoyed food from "Around the
World" … a spectacular dinner put on by many of the seminarians
representing their cultural backgrounds from around the country and
the world. Fr. Noël helped with one of the Hispanic groups.
As fall approaches, several of the novices are preparing
homemade apple cider and hard cider for our monastic Halloween
party. Speaking of fall, stop in and see us. This area, as many of
you know, is really enhanced by the fall colors this time of
Let us pray for one another!