A Word from the Abbot



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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Homily #579: Shaping a Vision

July 13, 2015
Solemnity of St. Benedict Mt. Angel Abbey, July 11, 2015   My dear friends in Christ, Over the past month or so, our monastic community has spent four and a half hours in two meetings with a professional facilitator in an effort to craft a so-called “vision statement” that would capture—in a phrase that the […]

#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 […]