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Written by Fr Augustine   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 19:00

Resurrexit, sicut dixit! Laetare, alleluia!

A reflection from Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB, on Christ's Resurrection:

"We know almost nothing of this celestial life of Jesus on the morrow of His Resurrection; but that it was a wonderful one, who can doubt?

He has proved to His Father how much He loved Him by giving His life for mankind. All is now paid off, all is expiated; justice, satisfied, no longer requires expiation from Him; friendship is re-established between mankind and God; the work of redemption has been accomplished. But the heart's-binding of Jesus to His Father - this continues, livelier and fuller than ever. The Gospel tells us nothing of that homage of adoration, of love, of thanksgiving, that Christ was then redering to His Father; but St. Paul sums all up by his Vivit Deo: Jesus lives for God.

Let mankind gather together into its being every kingdom of creation so as to recapitulate there the hymn of everything created; and what shall we then say of the unceasing song the humanity of Christ in glory, Supreme High Priest, triumphant over death, sings to the Trinity? This song, a perfect expression of the divine life which evermore envelops and penetrates in all its power and splendor the human nature of Jesus, is ineffable."

Christus surrexit! Vere surrexit! Christos anesti! Alithos anesti! Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!

Welcome to the Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis PDF Print E-mail

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website and introduce you to our way of life as Benedictine monks at the Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis.  Over a millennium and a half ago, our Holy Father Benedict placed great attention on the reception of guests, and it is upon his instructions on the subject that I will base my introduction.  He noted that "after the guests have been received, they should be invited to pray; then the superior or an appointed brother will sit with them" (Rule of Saint Benedict 53:8). I would like to fulfill the first precept by praying for your growth in holiness.  May you grow each day in your knowledge and love for the Lord Jesus and may his Spirit guide you to what he wants you to be. I also request your prayers for our community, specifically that we may grow in numbers and holiness.

As for the second precept, "to sit with you," I would like to fulfill it by giving you a word on the goal of monastic life.  In a world that seeks freedom with an enthusiasm perhaps greater than ever before, we would like to describe our Benedictine way of life as a journey towards that freedom.  It is our deep conviction that:

To love God with all our being,
to be abandoned to Him,
possessed by Him,
and so able, through His Spirit,
to love our neighbor as ourselves
is, as human beings, our greatest freedom.

The apparently effortless freedom of the artist, the gymnast, or the dancer is the fruit of long hours of discipline and practice.  So, too, the patience, gentleness, and wisdom of the mature monk are the fruit of quiet perseverance in a life that blends the structure of the Rule with a constant openness to the demands of the Spirit.  Ours is a life of growth toward complete freedom, that freedom which will be ours as children of God when, in His mercy, we see Him face to face.  But here and now we may grow daily in our union with Him and, as our union grows, so does our freedom.

Everyone yearns for the freedom of holiness, and each has his unique path to it.  It is my prayer and hope that by learning of our path you may find applications for your own journey into an ever-deeper union with God.

Laus Tibi Domine,

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