Abortion is Not a Settled Issue

Abortion is Not a Settled Issue

We are gathered here to pay our respects to the mortal remains of those who have gone before us in the course of life.  We are focused especially upon those unborn children, whose lives were terminated by abortion.  Normally, their dismembered body parts would be laid to rest here, but today most of the victims of abortion are immediately discarded as rubbish in a garbage disposal unit or in dumpsters.

Some people may ask why were are here today at this cemetery, Gate of Heaven.  They may claim that the abortion issue has been settled by two Supreme Court decisions (Roe V. Wade in 1973, and Casey V. Planned Parenthood in 1994), and that we should simply accommodate ourselves to the law of the land.  But that is not an accurate, or fair, description of the matter.

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Welcoming Three New Postulants

Welcoming Three New Postulants

At exactly five o’clock, three knocks struck the wood door of St. Benedict’s Abbey.  As the monks waiting on the inside answered and opened the door, a flush of light entered the dimly lit corridor followed by three young men wearing simple black cassocks and belts.  These men were being welcomed into the Abbey and formally entering into the first stage of becoming a Benedictine monk: the postulancy.

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The Eclipse – Lessons & Provocations

The Eclipse – Lessons & Provocations

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, has come and gone.  People traveled from all over the country to the locations where this event could best be viewed.  We were treated to a rare view of the corona of the sun, while the earth was momentarily darkened by the shadow of the moon as it passed between us and the sun.   So what is the significance of all this?  

The solar eclipse means one thing to astronomers, and another to mankind at large.  To astronomers, it means another rare opportunity to view the surface of the sun.  During the eclipse, we can see more of the activities occurring on the surface of the sun. The great lights, colors, and fissures coming from the sun’s surface tell us much about the chemical makeup of this star called the sun.  And what we learn about this star can be applied to the billions of other stars in our galaxy, called the Milky Way.  This star, the sun, is the center of our solar system, the center of gravity for all the planets revolving around it, the matrix from which all the 9 planets emerged, and the source of light and energy upon which all forms of life depend.

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Leeks & Onions

Leeks & Onions

The book of Numbers offers us an imporant lesson: an admonition against grumbling. We see that the Lord becomes angry at the Israelites because of their grumbling and complaining. This admonition comes up often throughout the Rule of St. Benedict

But the problem goes deeper than grumbling, which is a symptom and not the problem itself, leading to a deeper lesson: What were they grumbling about?

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