For monks, we celebrate the Lenten Spring as a time to welcome the new life of Jesus’ resurrection and all the ways God is inviting us to new life in Him. So with everyone else we receive ashes as an outward sign of taking up inward movement toward reconciliation. God calls us to a self knowledge which doesn’t turn away from our need for conversion, for honest assessment of where we are in embracing our commitment of faith and the welcome of the grace being offered to help us change – a behavior, an attitude, a way of thinking.Read More »
Our Lent began in a grace filled way this year when Sister Mary Ellen of Saint Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, MA arrived to give our annual retreat. Sister Mary Ellen provided us with a series of reflection on the treasure of monastic life, skillfully weaving together pertinent scripture passages, references to the Rule of Saint Benedict and Cistercian documents and authors, quotes from theologians and other authors as well as personal experiences and adventures.Read More »
During the second week of January Dr. Fritz Bauerschmidt of the theology faculty of Loyola University in Baltimore came to Mepkin to offer classes in Christology to the men in formation. Having begun a relationship with the Mepkin community back in the 1990s when studying for his doctorate at Duke, Fritz has visited the monastery quite a number of times, and was with us last year for an abbreviated time as a monastic guest.Read More »
Genesis 12:1-4a; II Corinthians 4:1-12; Matthew 13:44-46
What a journey you have been on, Father Gerard Jonas! While still very young, growing up in a fervent Catholic family in the rural outreaches of the Philippines, you desired to be a priest. But there was great doubt this could happen, because you were a sickly youth. You persevered in your desire and received great support from the person who was to become the Cardinal Archbishop of Cebu. Ricardo Cardinal Vidal saw something special in you and God cleared the way by restoring health to you just in time for you to enter the seminary. The same thing happened as you neared ordination. Health was restored and so you were ordained twenty five years ago by Cardinal Vidal on your mother’s birthday.Read More »
Genesis 28: 11 – 18; I Peter 2 : 4 – 9; John 15 : 9 – 17
How awesome is this place. This is none other than the House of God. This is the very Gate of Heaven… You are living stones, chosen and precious… You did not choose me, but I have chosen you.
These are the Scriptures we have heard, my brothers and sisters. These are the Scriptures which give meaning to our lives and to this day, this day we call JOY NEVER ENDING. Together they form the envelop which surrounds us and in which we bathe, by which we are nourished and through which we are energized to run the race to the end.Read More »