Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

November 27-December 3, 2015

Happy Advent, readers.

Father Luke served as our Mass heb this week. Some excerpts from his homilies:

Sunday: Our first reaction when we read Apocalyptic scripture is to run and hide. Christ encourages us to, however, look out and look forward to the kingdom to come. Today's Gospel indicates that we often focus too much on ourselves and not to the outside world. The Gospel encourages us to spread the Good News and be watchful and vigilant. Fr. Luke closed with an encouraging question: How do we respond to today's Gospel?

Monday, Feast of St. Andrew: Andrew and Simon were people, like many people of the Bible, who knew Jesus was the Messiah. The Holy Spirit is still moving in our world today in the lives of so many people who are seeking God. May the Holy Spirit continue working in our lives to help call others to God.

Have you seen our Cloister View videos? Br. William has placed a GoPro camera in some cool spots around the Hill. Check them out here.

Fr. Peter Marshall of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Director of Spiritual Formation in our seminary, gave us our first Advent Conference on Wednesday. He honed in on three areas of our life where we might focus during Advent:

  • Prayer
  • Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation
  • Merciful Hospitality

On Thursday, we closed our Holy Door of Mercy during our conventual Mass (also the feast of St. Francis Xavier, co-patron of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis). As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy designated by Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin has asked that we designate one of our church doors as a Holy Door of Mercy.

Saint Meinrad, as well as the Cathedral in Indianapolis, will be a pilgrimage site during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our closing of the Holy Door of Mercy is in anticipation of opening it on December 13. Deacon Kyle Rodden, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, preached at Mass. He shared:

Do we ever celebrate too much? When we celebrate, it is not in a boastful way. It is fundamentally who we are and what we do. We are an Easter people. It is what we do because of who we are. What not celebrate every day?

Sometimes we are unwilling. We make excuses to not celebrate because of our own will. Whether or not we want to celebrate, it's in celebrating that we become who we are called to be. As an Easter people, we are custodians of the celebration.

We celebrate the Mother who held her son at his birth and death and said, "Let it be done unto me according to your word." We celebrate the man who redeemed the world. Today, we celebrate St. Francis Xavier, who reached out to those most in need and desired for others to join him in his missionary work. Maybe our question should be: Could we ever celebrate enough? We are encouraged to remember: Not my will, but yours be done.

Fr. Micheas has returned from 18 years of serving as a hospital chaplain and then a military chaplain at Fort Bragg in South Carolina. He enjoys speaking German, so we might hear him from time to time practicing his German on us. Welcome home, Fr. Micheas!

In one of our vigils readings this week, we heard one of St. Gregory's homilies. He described how many figures in the Bible gave what they had in order to welcome the kingdom of God into their lives. For most everyone, it took everything, but it could have been something great or small.

St. Gregory reminded listeners, "The Kingdom of God costs whatever you have." As we dive deeper into Advent, what is something you can give up to welcome the kingdom of God in your present-day circumstances?

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.