Leadership and service
In community life, be it marriage, or a monastery, or even in the workforce, it is service that we are called to. To serve, freely, without compulsion can lead
to a sense of purpose, and even of love for those one lives with, or who is a workmate. Those in charge, in fact, if they do a good job, are the greatest servants.
I have found that men and women of power, who do care for those they are responsible for, get back one hundred and one percent. It is that ‘one per
I am challenged by those I live with
Every day in community life I am challenged by those I live with. It is my own limitations, wounds, and yes my desire to be the center of the world, the community,
even if unconscious, that causes many of my problems. The “Conversion of Manners’ vow,
gives me a way out, in the sense that it leads me to take responsibility for my situation and to not seek to blame others.--Br.MD
To look into one's own heart
I suppose in reality if we wish to grow as human beings, and by that I mean to become more loving, compassionate, and empathetic, which by the way is harder than it sounds; is the work of a lifetime,
lived out one day at a time. Many of our ‘virtues’, can, in reality, be mostly compulsive, and in the end, we can become burned out, resentful, and bitter. I have been there,
and over the years have looked upon these ‘negative’ responses to others as a signal to
Deep down in the depths
In places perceived as dark,
Hidden from view,
Or perhaps feared,
Is a knot,
Of the one who is its creator,
Even if brought forth unknown
Purposeful none the less
Even if its time is outlived,
It cannot be undone.
The burden heavy,
If not felt,
Its influence seen
The effects witnessed
By those who know the one suffering,
Who perhaps see their r
Paradoxes and Communion in Monastic Life
(Note: From time to time I give chapter talks when the abbot is away. Below is one of those. I do not believe that monks
are called to another type of holiness, but we are all called to a deep, loving, trusting, relationship with God.
Struggle, failure, and getting up are very important aspects of any life, we do not give up)
It is all one, our relationships. With God, others, and of course ourselves. In community how that is worked out is uniqu
When I Was a Young Monk
Thoughts on two of our Founding Fathers
(Fr. Corentine 1st row first on left.
Fr. Francis second monk down from Fr. Corentine)
My schedule for Sunday is different since I do not work the morning shift in our infirmary. So I can spend the first hour or so doing Lectio. Then I spend some time before Vigils (our first office of the day at 4 AM) doing my meditation. I guess one of the blessings about aging, and actually getting old, is that a routine becomes
The Virtue of Justice
Let us be renewed by God's mercy ... and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish: Pope Francis
The desire for justice is interesting. In nature, there is no such thing as justice, or fairness, or even right and wrong. Only humans have an understanding of the concept. Though seldom achieved to everyone's liking.
The idea of “an eye for an eye”, is n
Dealing with anxiety in a world of insecurity
First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body,
modesty of bearing,a modulated tone of voice, and a well-ordered manner of speech.
He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. Saint Basil
I would like to start off by saying that even though I am a monk. Have been one for 50 years, I am not sure I do any of the above
The Christian Call to be Merciful
“Then I heard the words, ‘I am glad you behaved like My true daughter. Be always merciful as I am merciful. Love everyone out of love for Me,
even your greatest enemies, so that My mercy may be fully reflected in your heart.’” (No. 1695) (Diary of Divine Mercy: Sister Faustina)
What does it mean to be a sinner? I suppose one way to see it is that we often fail to do what we know is right, and make a choice to seek a short term answer to a p
God’s ways are not ours
A prayer made with sleepiness and distraction is no less pleasing to Me than one made in consolations and alertness.
Your subjective dispositions do not impede the action of My grace in your soul. Learn, then,
to trust in Me to do the things that you cannot do of yourself,
and allow Me to work in you secretly, in a manner perceptible to the gaze of My Father,
and by the operation of My Holy Spirit.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
The benefits of the Rosary are many
While non-Catholics (many of them) do not think much of the Rosary. I guess it is because of 'Mary'. They seem to have some real problems with our devotion to her. Yet the Rosary is a powerful tool for prayer. I would say it is my main form of prayer when I am not sitting in silence. I can do that for only so long, and then my mind starts to jump up and down, bounce off the inner wall of my skull, and wow, my brain can be insane in what it brings up. An en
Blitz Beloved Family Pet
Blitz was our boxer, a smart dog, manipulative like dogs can be. You know wagging his stubby tail so hard that you would think that his butt would dislocate or worse. His eyes, those sad, poor me eyes, begging (well demanding) that we bow down to his wants and needs and then condescending to lick our hands, when in fact, we both knew who was in charge.
In 1975 when I was making a home visit and my parents lived at Fr. Davis; I got reacquainted with our dog. I
The feast of the Holy Innocents
(Free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.)
As an historical event the killing of the innocent children by Herod in order to find and destroy the Christ Child was of minor importance. All through history the innocent have been killed, enslaved, and abused without any recourse to justice. In fact, in this world, justice is an ideal, one that is seldom or in fact never reached. There is something in the world and in the hearts of me
Christmas Eve 2020
(The Incarnation ( A Word From God)
I am not sure that I could ever come up with the idea that God is love. Why would I? Or believe that God knows my name! That is impossible, I am one among billions. Or that I even have something called a soul, that is not snuffed out at death.
Yet God has revealed His nature, in the life of one man, whom many love, died for, and yes, live out their lives serving.
“What is man Lord that you are mindful of him (Ps 8:4)?”
What am I