Good News

As Christians and Muslims continue to interact and we struggle to find ways to communicate the faith, listen to the words of missionary Frank Laubach from the early 20th century.   Laubach was a missionary to Muslim Moros people on the Island of Mindanao. What right then have I or any other person to come […]

Stabilitas

‘The workshop where we are to toil faithfully at all these tasks is the enclosure of the monastery and stability of the community.’—Rule of Benedict 4:78. ‘[A monk] should not annoy his brothers.  If any brother happens to make an unreasonable demand of him, he should not reject him with disdain and cause him distress, […]

Oboedire

  Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice. The labor of obedience will bring you back to him from whom you had drifted through the sloth of […]

Possessed

On Possessions: The vice of personal ownership must by all means be cut out in the monastery by the very root…let no one all or take to himself anything as his own (cf. Acts 4:32).  Rule of Benedict Ch. XXXIII We have been brainwashed to believe that bigger houses…more luxurious gadgets, are worthy goals in […]

Training for Discipleship, aka Lent

   “Catechumens will hear the word for three years.” So says Hippolytus, Presbyter in Rome in the 3rd Century.   As time and circumstances evolved (Constantine being the major one), this training of the Catechumens was transferred to the whole of the Church in preparation for Easter (Pascha).  Lent is a time for us to diagnose the things in […]