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Hate

BLOG: Why Do They Hate Us?

Table reading for us monks at supper for several days recently was an article from Columbia magazine (March 1, 2014).  It was an interview with writer John Allen concerning his new book The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of anti-Christian Persecution. The  Bible reading for these same days was from the…

Guatamala

NEWS: Partnering with our Benedictine Sisters

It was only a few months after the arrival Subiaco’s founders in 1878 (three monks of St. Meinrad), that four Benedictine sisters would join them only a few hundred feet away from our first monastery. Those monastics forming two new communities–three men and four women–have continued to this day. We would be remiss if we…

Pope Francis

BLOG: The Joy of the Gospel

At first, when people asked me to suggest something for Lenten reading this year, it seemed glib to suggest a slow reading of “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation released on the feast of Christ the King last fall.  But the more I have been re-reading it myself, the more I think…

Boykin

BLOG: Drama at the Abbey

Dramatic and musical productions have always been part of the Subiaco scene, following the Benedictine tradition.  Until 1911 these productions were performed in a large room in the Main Building called “the theater hall.” In 1911 a new auditorium seating 400 people, was built of wood.  It was dedicated in October, 1911 with proper ceremonies…

Mount Everest

BLOG: Gimme a Shot of Comfort

Q:  In your last post, you talked about mankind’s natural desire for the comfort of what is eternal. I think that mankind is scared of the fact that this life is all there is, and they have concocted the idea of God and eternal life to provide them with comfort so they won’t have to…