A Word from the Abbot

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Introduction

August 27, 2014
My dear confreres, this weekly reflection on monastic spirituality will draw upon the obvious source that is most special to us, viz. the Rule of St. Benedict. It will be a brief reflection in the manner of what some might call a "fervorino," or in more monastic "desert" terminology, simply A WORD, as explained by Benedicta Ward in the foreword of The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Read More »

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#55 The Spiritual Elders (RB 46:5)

May 8, 2015
Let us pray. Raise up, O Lord, in your Church the spirit which our blessed Father the Abbot Benedict served, so that, filled with the same spirit, we may strive to love what he loved, and practice what he taught. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. My dear confreres. As you know, there are in the […]

#54 Frater Acediosus: No Brother So Apathetic (RB 48:18)

April 17, 2015
My dear confreres. Recently someone gave me a book entitled The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of our Times , originally published in French in 2013, and just published this year (2015) by Ignatius Press. The author of this book is Dom Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B., Abbot of the ancient Abbey of Saint-Wandrille of Fontenelle […]

Homily #573: In the Breaking of the Bread

March 23, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial of Father Paschal Cheline, O.S.B. Mount Angel Abbey, March 23, 2015 My dear friends in Christ: Most Reverend Archbishop and Bishops[1], Right Reverend Abbots, Reverend Monsignors, Reverend Clergy, Confreres, Seminarians, Family, Relatives, Guests, and Friends of Father Paschal. You are many(!), and your very number is such a telling tribute to […]

RB 49:7 Look Forward to Holy Easter

February 23, 2015
#14 (Revised — February 17, 2015) My dear confreres. About four years and 39 Words ago, just before Ash Wednesday of 2011, I shared with you A Word from the Abbot entitled “Look Forward to Holy Easter,” and this morning, with Ash Wednesday only hours away, I would like to repeat that same Word with […]