Friday, 29 November 2013 07:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 9 - Our Lord

Today we are thankful for God, the gift of his Son Jesus Christ, and the grace bestowed upon us from the Holy Spirit.  We pray for a strengthening in faith and a greater trust in God and His mercy.

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family  |  Day 3 - Service & Witness Day 4 - Leadership  |  Day 5 - Generosity of Others  |  Day 6 - Our Apostolates  |  Day 7 - Our Friends

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Thursday, 28 November 2013 07:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 8 - Our Nation

Today we give thanks for our nation and the many freedoms that we enjoy.  We pray for God’s protection for the men and women who serve our country.

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family  |  Day 3 - Service & Witness Day 4 - Leadership  |  Day 5 - Generosity of Others  |  Day 6 - Our Apostolates  |  Day 7 - Our Friends

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 7 - Our Friends

Today we give thanks for our oblates, employees, volunteers, and friends.  We pray that together we may eagerly seek Christ in those we serve.

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family  |  Day 3 - Service & Witness Day 4 - Leadership  |  Day 5 - Generosity of Others  |  Day 6 - Our Apostolates

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 6 - Our Apostolates

Today we give thanks for the opportunity to serve those in our apostolates: Benedictine College, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, all the parishes that we staff and serve, and St. Joseph Priory in Brazil.  We pray for continued success and opportunities to bear witness to Christ.

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family  |  Day 3 - Service & Witness Day 4 - Leadership  |  Day 5 - Generosity of Others

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Sunday, 24 November 2013 08:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 4 - Leadership

Today we give thanks for the leadership of our Church, especially Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Pope Francis.  We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they lead the faithful of the archdiocese and world.

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family

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Saturday, 23 November 2013 08:00

Novena of Gratitude: Day 3 - Service & Witness

Today we give thanks for the service and witness of all the monks who have gone before us, especially Fr. Louis Kirby, Abbot Owen, and Fr. Bertrand LaNoue.  We pray for the intercession of the faithful departed as we pray and work for the glory of God.  

Day 1 - Formation  |  Day 2 - Life & Family

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Friday, 22 November 2013 16:56

A Homily for Fr. Bertrand

Those St. Benedict’s and Benedictine alumni who ever had a Father Bertrand class, I would guess, understood the importance of the concept of “Supply and Demand.”  All you Econ majors know that Supply and Demand is the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price. For a Father Bertrand class this was creed.

As you can imagine, when notice of Father Bertrand’s death at the end of last week was sent out by phone and email, the responses began to pour in.

Mick Eichholz reflected on the influence Fr. Bertrand had on him: 

“Fr. Bertrand was a gracious man and a great professor of economics.  However, like the great ones, he also taught his students beyond the core curriculum – lessons about life:  work hard, pray often, take care of your family, and enjoy life to the fullest.”

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:08

A Novena of Gratitude

Please join our monastic community in preparing for the season of Advent, as we near our celebration of Thanksgiving, and the end of the Liturgical year, with an Act of Gratitude.

  • Beginning tomorrow, and including Thanksgiving Day, we have nine days – a novena if you will – that I want us to truly reflect on our own sense of gratitude and on those things and people for which we are truly grateful.
  • In doing this, I want us to specifically focus on what we are grateful for in our daily lives.
  • In addition to this, I encourage you to develop your own  list of those people and things for which you are grateful, and I encourage you to review it each evening during your night prayer and add to it as necessary, over the next nine days, to express to God your own gratitude.

 Today we give thanks for the 10 men in formation, and pray for all those who are discerning a vocation, that God will lead them down the right path.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:51

Our Lady of Divine Providence

We gather this evening in this Mass to honor Mary as Our Lady of Divine Providence – she who is the perfect teacher of what Providence should mean in our lives.  She teaches us to believe there is a Providence of God.  She teaches us to trust in His Providence.  And she teaches us to cooperate with Divine Providence in our lives.

We can be slow to see, at times, God’s divinely ordained purpose in every person, every event, every joy, and every pain that we experience.  Yet through the example of Mary we should understand there is no such thing as chance with God.  Nothing just happens.  Everything has a divinely intended purpose, and that purpose is to bring us closer to God.  Viewed in this way we see that every creature who touches our lives is meant to be a grace from God.  Does this not include our mistakes and the mistakes of others? It most certainly does.  We make mistakes, we will continue to make mistakes, but God never quits working in our lives.  He uses even the wrong that we do to lead us to Him, at the bare minimum by giving us the opportunity dwell in his mercy through repentence if we have done wrong, and patient acceptance when somebody else may wrong us.  Through the example of Our Lady as Mother of Divine Providence, Mary teaches us to trust in God’s goodness and wisdom always, no matter how painful or hopeless a situation may seem.

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Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:11

In Commememeration of Deceased Monks

As we celebrate this Commemoration of the Deceased Members of St. Benedict’s Abbey, I want to look back at the lives of our confreres who died 10 years ago in 2003.

On April 30th of that year, Father Anselm Llewellyn died at the age of 90.  Father Anselm studied music at Julliard’s and Columbia University, as well as in Europe, and served as choirmaster here at the Abbey as well as at Trinity Episcopal Church here in town, while he was in charge of the kitchen at Maur Hill, our high school.  Father Anselm is partly responsible for the organ we use each day in our liturgies as he worked with the architect of the organ in designing this instrument.  We added 800 pipes 2002 – bringing the total to around 2,700 pipes – thus completing the instrument and rededicated it in honor of Father Anselm that year.

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