The Things Children See

The Things Children See

When I was a child, I remember doing a watercolor and presenting it to my dad. He looked at it, said that he loved it, and then asked, “What is it?” I was rather miffed at his question because anyone with any sense could see that it was the picture of a man! “There’s the head, there are the arms (the left one bent over his chest), and the legs,” all in varying shades of green. It was quite clear—at least to my child’s eyes! My dad took a picture frame for it, one that was too small, and then cutting away different parts of the watercolor so the most colorful part was visible—the torso—he placed it in the picture frame and threw out the rest of my masterpiece. And he hung it in my bedroom!

Oh the things children see!

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A Reflection on Cow Manure

A Reflection on Cow Manure

Last Friday night several of us monks went up to the north pastureland for a bonfire. The air was crisp, the s’mores were perfect, the stars were shining, and as I stepped away from the blazing bonfire that was beginning to singe my beard, I put my right shoe into a cow patty! There were a number of land mines around, strategically placed for all of us to have a shared experience. Of course, we all uttered what you are all saying under your breath right now: “Yuck,” and “That’s gross!”

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Come Closer to God

Come Closer to God

Advent, like Lent, is a special time of preparation.  We are now preparing ourselves for the Solemnity of the Incarnation.  This is the greatest event in human history, when God, the Creator of the Universe, broke into our world and into our time, so that we could accomplish the purpose for which He created us.  God wants us to share, for all eternity, in His indescribably wonderful communion of love, life, beauty, goodness and truth.  In simple words, God want us to share in his happiness to the fullness of our capacity.  We must take the eternal life very seriously.

Advent is a time when we want to deepen in our spirituality.  Spirituality means closeness to God.  We want to know God better, to experience Him in our lives, to feel his presence, to take delight in his love and friendship.

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All Souls Commemoration

On All Souls Day November 2, 2016 we invited the Atchison community to join us in remembering all those who have passed away. This began by praying the Compline and was followed by a procession out to the cemetery by our Abbey. On this chilly, rainy evening, the atmosphere was lit by warmth of the procession. Those who joined, placed candles on the graves of monks and offered prayers for that specific monk. We want to thank all who joined and for the prayers they offered to our fellow confreres who lay in eternal rest. 

Seeing the Presidential Election Clearly

Seeing the Presidential Election Clearly

Welcome to everyone on this Homecoming weekend, especially alumni and recent graduates! Welcome most especially to the families that are here whose sons or daughters have gone to the Father’s house while they were students here. As a Benedictine Family, we grieve with you and remember them fondly.

It’s helpful to remember the spiritual meaning of this weekend: homecoming is a coming back to your Benedictine home, but it is also a kickoff to walking to our true heavenly home. “Our citizenship is in heaven,” says St. Paul. “And from it, we also await a savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.” We live here on earth with eyes on heaven. “Our home is the City of God, but we get there by passing through the City of Man.” (Chaput) Keep this point in mind, because I have just revealed to you the main theme of my homily!

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