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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Jesus and the Scientific Method

Jesus and the Scientific Method

Doubting Thomas is the prototype of today’s skeptic.  Before he could believe in the Resurrection, Thomas first had to see with his own eyes.  He wanted tangible, material evidence for what he was to place his faith in, what he was to believe in.

Today many people put an exaggerated sense of trust in the scientific method, a method which deals only with tangible, material things, to the exclusion of all else.  This method wants to set up an experiment that can be replicated anywhere, yielding the same results.  This has proven very successful in advancing technology, our control over matter.  This is the content of physics, chemistry, and biology.  The scientific method has given us a sense of progress in technology and the material standard of living.

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Abbey to Adopt New Schedule July 9

We are excited to announce a new Monastic Horarium! We will begin following this schedule beginning July 9, 2017.  Be sure to share this; we don't want our visitors to miss Mass or prayer! All are welcome for Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours.

Prayer Schedule (Beginning July 9)

Monday-Friday

  • Vigils/Lauds 5:45 AM
  • Midday Prayer 11:45 PM
  • Conventual Mass 12:10 PM
  • Vespers 5:00 PM
  • Compline 7:30 PM

Saturday

  • Vigils/Lauds 5:45 AM
  • Midday Prayer 11:45 AM
  • Conventual Mass 12:10 PM
  • Vespers 5:45 PM
  • Holy Hour 7:00 PM

Sunday

  • Vigils/Lauds 6:30 AM
  • Abbey-Student Mass 10:00 AM
  • Midday Prayer 12:05 PM
  • Vespers 5:00 PM

Kansas Monks Summer 2017

In this special 160th anniversary edition of Kansas Monks we take a look at the origins of Benedictine life in Kansas: from St. Benedict to the Bavaria to Pennsylvania and finally to the Bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. We also look back at the 2017 Abbot's Table, learn more about the monks life of prayer, and more!

Don't forget to join us for the Novena to St. Benedict - click here to sign up.

Spiritual Fatherhood

Spiritual Fatherhood

When I was elected abbot in December 2012, one of the natures or types or titles of the office that I struggled with was the idea of being a spiritual father.  Not that I don’t believe the abbot holds that role in the community, and not that I haven’t taken seriously the responsibility of guiding the community spiritually in my role as abbot.  It is the second half of that descriptor I’ve had to come to terms with.  The weight, the heaviness of being a “father.”  I can only imagine fear in a first-time father’s heart when mother and child come home from the hospital; it is real, and he can’t make his fear about himself as he is called to make a self-gift.

Even as I type this column anxiousness wells up in me thinking about this designation I hold for my brothers as “spiritual father.”  I have to laugh, also, as half the community entered the monastery before me, so the thought of trying to have this father/son relationship with them is intimidating.  I work to get past the lie that I don’t have anything of significance to share with those who taught me, those who ministered to me, those who helped me find my vocation, those who formed me in my monastic life, those whom I still call “Father” or “Brother.”

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