I am coming up on three years now without listening to the radio in the car. However, last week, I was driving up to Des Moines for the funeral of Fr. Simon’s grandmother, and as I was crossing the Missouri River Bridge leaving town, I thought to myself, “Maybe I’ll just listen to a few Christmas songs on my drive up.”
I actually was debating with myself whether I should or not. I turned the radio on, and then immediately turned it back off – the noise was shocking; I drove a few more miles, having just turned north toward St. Joseph on 59 Highway, battling with my conscience.
I was once challenged with the question, “Why do we need monks?” As I reflected on how best to answer, I thought it better to ask, “why am I a monk?” As you consider supporting our prayer and work, I invite you to read this reflection that seeks to get at the heart of these two questions. Click ‘read more’ to view the reflection.
To celebrate the season of Advent and the coming birth of our Savior at Christmas Br. Karel Soukup has painting the scene from the Gospel of the angel visiting St. Joseph in his dream saying “do not be afraid.” The work will be auctioned off via eBay auction from December 10 - December 18, but advanced bidding starts now! Click ‘read more’ for more images and to place an advanced bid now!
Brother Martin Burkhard was born May 7, 1916 in Anaheim, California, the son of John and Clara (Depweg) Burkhard.
Br. Martin attended Anaheim Union High School in the early 1930s. He first tried the monastic life with the Trappist monks in Pecos, New Mexico (that community has since moved to Oregon), and in 1949 he came to St. Benedict's Abbey as a claustural oblate.