Tu Es Sacerdos In Aeternum - the Ordination of Three Monks PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 September 2015 18:05

 Laudate Dominum quoniam bonum est psalmus!

 The Lord graced our community on Saturday, 12 September, when His Excellency Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis  ordained three of our monks, Dom Aidan, Dom Cuthbert, and Dom John to the holy order of presbyter. This is the fruit of many  years of study and discernment. The three of them all have had their crosses to bear, and they will only become heavier as  they seek, by God's grace, to conform themselves more and more unto Christ Himself.

 Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B. on the priesthood:

"We are called to sanctity, not as individuals, but in the unity of the Mystical Body of Christ.

"While we are members of this body as Christians, it is further incumbent on us as priests to vivify it by the grace of the sacraments and by the minstry of the word. Our personal sanctification achieved in the bosom of the Church is intended for the good of the Church itself. Sanctity is diffused in the Mystical Body. From Christ it descends on all the members and it is reflected from the minster of Jesus Christ on all the faithful who are entrusted to his care. The priest, therefore, sacrifices himself for the benefit of souls.

"In this way he imitates the Divine Master of whom St. Paul says, 'Christ loved the Church. He gave Himself up for her.' Why did He deliver Himself up even to the sacrifice of the cross? 'To prresent toHimself a glorious Church, holy and immaculate, without stain or wrinkle.'  (Eph. 5:25, 27)"

Please pray for Father Aidan, Father Cuthbert, and Father John as they seek to deeped their priesthood in Christ.

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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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