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Eucharistic Mystery

BLOG: Living the Eucharist

In the Liturgy of the Hours for Wednesday of Holy Week, St. Augustine provided a beautiful Eucharistic meditation based on the text of Proverbs 23:1-2 in the Greek version, which reads as follows: “If you sit down to eat at the table of a ruler, observe carefully what is set before you; then stretch out…

Worthy

BLOG: O Lord, I am Not Worthy

A recent phone conversation lent reflection to one of the many dimensions of the human condition.  Many, with rare exceptions perhaps, experience moments, days, or indefinite periods of being overwhelmed by life–life’s demands, vexations, mistakes, sufferings, even our own sinfulness–to the point when our weaknesses and shortcomings are exposed outright.  We may cry out from deep…

Roof

NEWS: Replacing our Roof

NEWS ITEM:  Hail in the summer of 2013 caused major damage to the roof of the Abbey Church and the Main Building.  As Sam Little, our Director of Facilities, noted, “Hail damage was so widespread that our insurance company classified the tile roof as a total loss.” As a result, the entire roof is having…

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…