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 »
On May 16th, Fr. Kevin Walsh joined 14 of the novice directors from other Cistercian monasteries in the United States for a meeting at Saint Joseph Abbey in Spencer, MA. Gathered were five directors from women’s houses (including one from the common observance house of women in Idaho) and ten directors from men’s houses. Sessions were focused on the topic of spiritual accompaniment using Dom Bernardo Olivera’s book A Light for my Path to organize the presentations and discussions.Read More »
The Christian journey is the journey to come to live the fullness of God’s life. Jesus shows us the way. And today we have in the scriptures examples of the process: What must happen in us to come to our true selves at the deepest level. We start with the recognition that we have constructed a false self to protect ourselves from pain, rejection, feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness, of not feeling loveable. You don’t realize it until you have an encounter with self, a moment of insight, a recognition of weakness, of sin, a realization of a real need. Then comes the moment of truth that this is not who you really are and we then come to understand that we are on two journeys in life.Read More »