One model, Christ

One model, Christ

  What we need are men like St Benedict   That’s not my Pollyannish peace perspective, naive about the war on civil society right at our doorsteps, rather it’s an acceptance of a stark reality: that there is no hope for us but God.   “Our hope is only in the Lord. All others will fail.” This is what Dante learned by the end of his journey through the afterlife. This is what we Christians must learn: not the family, not the church, not the state, nothing but God, who is Love. —Rod Dreher   How can Benedict help us? At the tender age of 19 or 20, St Gregory tells us Benedict was yet old enough to be deeply affected by the licentious and dissolute lives he witnessed as a student in Rome but, from his passion to be with God...

God is the King

God is the King

  I find King David’s Prayer of Praise most fitting on this the Feast of Christ the King   Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; and David said: Blessed are you O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.   Yours O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the Glory, and the victory, and the majesty;   for all that is in the heaven’s and the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord and you are exalted as head above all.   Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.   In your hand are power and might; and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you our God, and give praise to your glorious name. —1 Chronicles 29:...

In Bits and Pieces

In Bits and Pieces

  The Rule in Bits and Pieces is a new book on the Holy Rule of St Benedict where each of it’s 140 Chapters have reflections by a diverse collection of contributors from the monks and oblates of St Vincent Archabbey. There are many commentaries available on the “strict sense of the word” in the rule, but not many geared particularly toward oblates in the 21st Century. Our situations are somewhat different from our predecessors, living as we are in this “culture of death.” This work then gives the personal reflections of monks and oblates of our day and time in the hope that each reader would be led to a deeper conversion on their Christian journey. In the introduction the editor reminds us that the “rule” should not...

Father Justin on ‘Chopped’

One of the few shows I still occasionally watch on TV is Chopped.. And now news of an upcoming episode has peaked my curiosity: Father Justin M Matro, OSB, will be featured on an upcoming episode of Chopped, one of the featured shows on The Food Network.   A crew from the show visited his parish, St Bartholomew in Crabtree, to film Father Justin for an upcoming episode relating to religious orders or priests who cook.   News of the episode will be posted on the Seminary Facebook page when a show date is provided. —Leaven Magazine, Fall 2014 p 15 For me, cooking in general is difficult..but, add a time constraint with challenging ingredients, judges, cameras and other competitors? Now you’re talking about someone with confidence, great skill...

The Vatican Christmas Concert

If my children were still living at home I assure you the musical “gifts” of a one Miss Patti Smith, ”godmother of punk”whom the Holy See has announced will be among the artists set to perform live in front of bishops and cardinals at the traditional Vatican Christmas concert in December, would not have be allowed to blare from any boom box back in their day. I have a problem with, “the US singer who once sang: “Jesus died for somebody’s sins — but not mine” performing at a concert…at the Vatican… celebrating the birth of Christ. Now, as a Benedictine I am taught to welcome all as Christ, and this I would most certainly do were we to meet for coffee at some non GMO Starbucks like coffee shop in...

Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate

  How can I explain this? The confusion reigning right now in the church has done something profound in my life. It has moved me to decision, it has confined me to my room at night, petitioned me to turn off the noise of the world ( TV, and comment boxes) in favor of submitting to an insatiable hunger for truth and seeking it with every fiber of my being. You can accomplish a great deal I have found, when you go back to the basics–which actually are quite profound– and in the midst of this spiritual drought, study the faith anew seeking the Lord in the ~ Holy Scriptures the Catechism and the saints   Many contortions of modernist ramblings can be bypassed when you simply submit to the truth as our magisterium has protected for her children...

True Transformation

Looks like this   “Above the neckline of his black hood, his neck tattoos remain. His hands are marked with a spiderweb, women’s faces, an alpha and omega, and “HOLD FAST” on his knuckles. A red heart marks his palm. His name is Love after all.”   Brother Andre Love, may the Lord continue to bless you and give you His Peace.   +PAX

Get use to it

As I was packing up a care package to bring my grandson and only half listening to the news of the past few days, sounding like a plot out of a horror movie–terrorism in Canada, Ebola in NYC, an ax attack on two police officers with the NYPD, another school shooting–a news correspondent from some major network ends his commentary with this: Get use to it. Yes, it’s just the times we’re in, you see. It hit me so hard to hear him say; this is the new normal: terrorism, violence and the Ebola threat. We ought to — get use to it–go on about our lives without giving in to any fear, because it’s all here to stay. Actually, it echoed an article in online news source, (which I won’t link to) stating {that} we should be...