Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

June 27-July 3, 2015

Fr. Julian served as the principal celebrant at Mass this Sunday, and in his homily he shared: That small, little gesture of the woman touching Jesus' cloak did not go unrecognized or unnoticed, and she received God's grace. We oftentimes find ourselves busy about good and Godly things, but it doesn't mean we are always so well connected to God. We need to push through the busyness to stay connected to God. Even the small attempt at reaching out to God does not go without grace. However we find ourselves these summer days, let us not neglect to push through the crowd of busyness to find life with Christ.


The second session of the five-day "One Bread, One Cup" conferences took place over the course of the weekend, and the students and their youth and high school ministers departed on Tuesday afternoon. You can see video and photo highlights of conferences 1 and 2 here:,-one-cup-2015/


Archabbot Justin presided for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on Monday. In his homily he encouraged: Both Peter and Paul confessed Christ through their obedience to his will. In faith we hold that the Church is divinely willed, even on a rock (Peter) that crumbled at Christ's passion. Christ continues to love his Church as he loved his disciples. This love extends to the peripheries of the world through charity. With Peter and Paul as a foundation, Christ continues to build the Church through us for the life of the world.


Br. James returned on Tuesday from a "field trip" to our motherhouse -- the Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. As has been the tradition the last several years, most of the junior monks are able to take turns visiting Einsiedeln some time during their junioriate to learn more about our roots and foundation.


Today, Friday, we celebrated the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Fr. Thomas, on his patronal feast day, was the principal celebrant at Mass, and he enlightened us in his homily: St. Thomas said he would not believe in a proposition but in a person through experiencing Jesus Christ in the flesh instead of the stories from the other Apostles and witnesses. How pitiable it is for us to mistake a proposition for a person. How glorious it is for us to be touched by the flame of Christ, the person, and say with Thomas, "My Lord and my God." We do not settle for stories, but we demand for an experience of the living God like Thomas.


One of our responsories this week was Sirach 6:14-16 (below) … about friendship. Thank you for being friends to us and for your prayers. Let us continue praying for one another. And, reach out to your friends and let them know they are a treasure for you.

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter;
whoever finds one finds a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price,
no amount can balance their worth.
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
those who fear God will find them.

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.