Monday,Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:1-4Mass: Ezra 1:1-6; Resp. Psalm 126; Luke 8:16-18

What Jesus says to the crowd today reminds of a radio program I listened to years ago. There was a segment where people would call, “Mr. Obvious,” asking a question to which the answer was, well, obvious. I imagine someone in the crowd raising his hand, then

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September 25, 2017 Read More

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 6Mass: Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20:1-16a
In Chapter 6 of the Holy Rule, Saint Benedict addresses the importance of cherishing silence in the monastery. We read: “the disciple’s role is to
be silent and listen.” A most fitting prayer for today can be found in the Gospel Acclamation for Mass and Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.

September 24, 2017 Read More

SAINT PIUS OF PEITRELCINA

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 5:14-19Mass: 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Resp. Psalm 100; Luke 8:4-15
Today I remember a dear friend, mentor, and teacher, Father Paschal Cheline, OSB (1936-2015), who inculcated me with a love of and reverence for all things liturgical. In one of his classes, Fr Paschal offered a definition of liturgy: “The celebration of the presence of Jesus Christ the Lord among us in signs.” He also gave his students the definition taught him by his friend and confrere, Abbot Bonaventure Zerr,
September 23, 2017 Read More

Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 5:1-13
Mass: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12; Psalm 49; Luke 8:1-3

Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others—the women who accompanied Jesus and the Twelve as they journeyed from one town and village to another. These courageous women continued to follow Jesus and were witnesses to his death and resurrection.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant us the grace to follow you wherever you go, just like these faithful women. Increase our faith. Help us to do your will. Amen.
September 22, 2017 Read More

FEAST OF SAINT MATTHEW

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 4:63-78
Mass: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13; Psalm 19; Matthew 9:9-13
It’s as if Saint Paul is cheering us on as we complete Saint Benedict’s chapter on the Tools for Good Works: “I, prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also call
September 21, 2017 Read More
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