Happy feast day to all the Benedictine monks, especially those at Mount Angel, my home seminary where I will return this August.
There is much that the Benedictines can teach us. Out of the many things that impress me about them is their vow of stability. Here’s a little clip explaining this vow in the context of community. It is given by former Abbot Gregory who has since retired from the office:
In life, we find ourselves moving every five years or so. We develop new ideas, we go on new explorations, we move around the world, we make new friends. Yet, the Benedictines stay in community as a constant and abiding presence in the world. They remain faithful to the Gospel, praying without ceasing. Happy happy feast dear monks!
In other news, there seems to be a lot of buzz in Catholic circles of what is coming this upcoming Advent 2016. Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, the newly elected Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey, gave a great presentation on addressing the direction the priests’ orientation while praying the liturgy. At this recording he was still Father Driscoll, a professor in Rome. Check it out: