From The Prior’s Desk

  • The First Sunday of Advent brings the sense of a new beginning to the Church and the monastery. We see over and over again in the spiritual life that though we make progress, we often make the same mistakes. So, with God’s grace, we need...

The First Sunday of Advent brings the sense of a new beginning to the Church and the monastery. We see over and over again in the spiritual life that though we make progress, we often make the same mistakes. So, with God’s grace, we need...

Some have compared the recent scandals and controversies in the Church to a spiritual earthquake, one bringing destruction and uncertainty. If that is true, then I am glad to share the main lesson that the earthquakes of 2016 taught -- and continues to teach --...

It is not without reason that Benedictine monks have been known for many centuries for their hospitality. St. Benedict dedicates a long section of his Rule to remind the monks that every guest who shows up at the door should be treated like Christ. Their...

Only a few days before the Church celebrates the summer feast of St. Benedict on July 11, we write to share good news so that you can toast with a bit of Birra Nursia (http://birranursia.com/purchase) on that special day. Our Holy Patron was a great...

Even though health and wellness professionals are making daily discoveries that claim to improve and extend life, a vague "fear of missing out" seems to be affecting more and more people. Fear of "missing out" feeds an unwillingness to commit to marriage, to family, or...

While St. Benedict says that a monastery should contain everything within its walls so that the monks do no have to leave the enclosure, the saint himself occasionally made holy pilgrimages to see other abbots and even family. Hardly a more touching example of a...

In the monastery, fasting begins in September, gets a little more rigorous in Lent, and makes one final intensification in Holy Week. That means we can take comfort with all the more joy in the Octave of Easter which ended Sunday and the 40 days...

Dear family and friends, In recent years, many Catholics, even those who have been away from the Church for some time, have rediscovered the liturgical season of Lent as a time to return to their faith. St. Benedict says a monk should not only do more...

"She could do more because she loved more”. That is how St. Gregory describes the explanation for the powerful miracle of St. Benedict’s twin sister St. Scholastica, whose feast we celebrated yesterday in Norcia. Shortly before her, death she wanted to spend the night with her...