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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#59 – The Peace of Christ be With You

February 8, 2016
My dear confreres. Two of our confreres of yesteryear—Fr. Emmanuel Clark, who died in 1997, and Fr. Simeon Van De Voord, who died in 2007—were good friends who loved poking fun at each other—and often amusing us in the process! Once, when Fr. Emmanuel was leaving some position that he had held, Fr. Simeon asked […]

Homily #583 – I Love You So Much, Jesus Christ!

October 15, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Thomas Thiên Dang, O.S.B. Mount Angel Abbey October 14, 2015 My dear friends in Christ. Several days before Fr. Thiên’s passing, he said that when the time came we shouldn’t have a funeral Mass for him but rather a Mass of Thanksgiving! Furthermore he recommended that at that Mass we should sing […]

Homily #582 – Jesus Christ is Lord!

September 18, 2015
My dear friends in Christ, In a few minutes we will witness what is probably our most beautiful and most powerful monastic ritual as Brother Lorenzo and Brother Louis de Montfort make their final and solemn profession of vows as monks of Mount Angel. It’s quite amazing to think that, having begun their lives in distant lands […]

Homily #580 – Dominus Tecum

September 18, 2015
My dear friends in Christ. It’s so wonderfully appropriate, isn’t it, for a monk to profess his vows on a feast of Mary, the Theotokos, the Mother of God… Last month it was on the solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption that I received the first vows of three fine young monks by the names of Gregorio, Oscar and […]