Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 11-17, 2016

Congratulations to Brother Linus Klucsarits from St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, a visiting Benedictine studying with us, who was ordained last Saturday at his home monastery.

As we journey into Holy Week, don't forget the invitation to join us for our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. The schedule is here.

Fr. Eugene rounded out his work as Mass heb last Saturday. Notes on his homily:

Recalling the prologue of John's Gospel, it becomes even more radical when we read that the Word became flesh. The Word all week has been speaking through words and signs. In these stories, most have not been listening to Jesus. Our approach is to talk more and say more words like they do in the Gospel.

What might be another approach instead of the New Evangelization is the New Listening. Those who follow the Rule of St. Benedict realize we might have a role in this. Our prologue begins with an admonition to listen. In our current Church, there does not seem to be a lot of listening with the ear of our heart. Maybe that will catch on.

Fr. Sean served as Mass heb this week. Notes from his homilies:

Sunday: In all three readings today, we hear about a people being labeled "guilty as charged." The people in Isaiah are labeled guilty as charged, Saul is struck blind before his conversion and is labeled guilty as charged, and the woman in the Gospel is given the guilty as charged label by the Pharisees. Isaiah encourages his hearers and us to forget these charges and to realize God is going to do something new.

What is this new thing? Paul teaches salvation comes through faith and encourages the Philippians to move on from the past and embrace Jesus as the Lord. In today's Gospel we hear something new. Jesus gets everyone off the hook in today's Gospel. Jesus does not condemn the woman. As we will hear next Sunday in the Passion Gospel, Jesus asks the Father to "forgive them for they know not what they do." He asks that on our behalf as sinners, too. May we, in love, see God doing something wonderful and new today.

Wednesday: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do what God asks of them because of what God asks them. King Nebuchadnezzar is astonished by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not being burned in the fire, so he blesses God, yet later on he still throws Daniel in the lion's den. When Daniel survives, King Nebuchadnezzar again blessed God. He vacillates back and forth. Who are we? Are we stable in our love of God, or do we find we vacillate like King Nebuchadnezzar? May we know the Truth of God, and know it sets us free.

On Wednesday, we again held an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with the special intention for the upcoming abbatial election.

On Saturday, Office and Mass were Order of the Prior. Fr. Prior Kurt presided over the liturgies. At Mass, Deacon Joseph Chan, of the Diocese of Little Rock, proclaimed the Gospel and preached.

From his homily: We can learn from Joseph's righteousness. St. Paul reminds us that righteousness comes from our faith. Joseph acted in righteousness in accepting God's will, which affected our salvation.

Fr. Guy, our forester, picked up a couple hundred one-year-old trees from the Vallonia Indiana State Nursery, and they were planted on Saturday by the Schwartz family on monastery property.

Please pray for our Frs. Damian and Micheas who are in the hospital with some health issues.

Also pray for the monks of daughter abbey, St. Joseph's Abbey in Louisiana. They had about 2.5 feet of flood water in some of many of their monastery and school buildings. Cleanup is under way.

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.