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  • Cooler Temps, Work, and Construction I was surprised to find that it cooled off a lot over the evening. At 7:45am this morning, it was 55 degrees. Today is turning out to be a gorgeous day, but it is rather strange weather for late-July. The farmers say they can use some more rain in the days ahead.  However, the crops are ... Continue Reading...
  • Office Space There are six offices in the top floor of St. Raphael Hall for our Development and Communications staff.  Today we moved out of our offices in order to use the spaces more efficiently.  While the monastery is being renovated, the monks have had to be creative with their use of space.  So, having undergone the big ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastery Renovation: Hidden Treasures Since the monastery renovation has begun, workers have uncovered several interesting pieces of historical significance.  With such an extensive renovation to a historic building like the monastery, there’s no telling what they would find. Here are a few examples of some recent finds. Below:  Murals discovered a few months ago on the 4th floor when removing some ... Continue Reading...
  • Swim, Bike, Run Do monks get to pursue their hobbies and interest in the monastery? Yes, is the short answer.  We obviously have to get permission and it cannot be too extravagant. On Saturday morning, for the third year in a row, I participated in the Cameron YMCA Triathlon (Cameron, MO). It was a gorgeous and cool morning for racing. ... Continue Reading...
  • All the Colors It has been a beautiful week of cooler temperatures in the 70’s. All of the monks have enjoyed it immensely. On this day nine years ago, I was received into the community as a postulant. I remember the feelings of excitement and of simply desiring to do what I thought God was asking me to ... Continue Reading...
  • Priests Softball Game Fr. Victor and I traveled to the T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas to play in the 1st Annual Pitching for Priests softball game. I have been looking forward to this game for weeks, and it did not disappoint. First of all, there was a good group of people tailgating before the game. The weather ... Continue Reading...
  • Game Day I enjoyed traveling to Macon, Missouri to cover weekend Masses for Fr. Dave Viet.  The parish community was very hospitable and I had one of the best meals in a long time at a parishioner’s home on Saturday evening.  Two seminarians from the Diocese of Jefferson City were also in town to begin their week ... Continue Reading...
  • Feast of St. Benedict Today is the Feast of St. Benedict. However, our monastery observes it as a “Feast,” but give greater solemnity to the Transitus (passing) of St. Benedict, which is celebrated on March 21. Nevertheless, we call upon St. Benedict’s intercession:  Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Saint Benedict, that ... Continue Reading...
  • Operation: Renovation Br. Maximilian provides us with today’s pictures from inside the monastery. The renovation process proceeds as workers continue the demolition process. Below:  One of the stairways is removed, leaving quite the drop-off below. Above: The monastery’s “treasures” are stored away from harm’s way. Continue Reading...
  • Electrical Storm Last night we had quite the display from the sky. It wasn’t fireworks, it was lightning. I had taken a bike ride after Compline, but got stranded when a storm moved in between me and the Abbey.  Fortunately, some of our neighbors just finished putting their hay in the barn and were returning home in ... Continue Reading...
  • Stars and Stripes Happy Feast of St. Thomas! Grant, almighty God, that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas, so that we may always be sustained by his intercession and, believing, may have life in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in ... Continue Reading...
  • Summer Storms Storms continue to sweep across northwestern Missouri, dropping a good amount of rain in the process. Yesterday evening we had another storm bring loud thunder and flashes of lightning. It was not the first time this week that we have had quite the showing of the forces of nature. Here is the official rainfall for the ... Continue Reading...
  • Battling it Out Br. Maximilian approached me yesterday afternoon and asked if I would like to play the game Battleship after Compline.  On his recent vacation with his family, he acquired the 1984 version of Electronic Battleship from his grandparents.  The game is in pristine condition.  I could not pass up an offer like that.  When he turned on the game ... Continue Reading...
  • Summer in the Monastery These summer evenings have been very serene. Not convinced? Just take a look at the picture of the sunset below. The monks involved in the seminary have a well deserved break from the rigors of the academic year (the seminarians appreciate it too). But, prayer and work continue, even if there are not as many ... Continue Reading...
  • Post-Camp Recovery Mode I had been running around with the high school staff members since Thursday morning when they arrived. There were 20 of them this year, a great turnout of young men who came ready to serve and help out wherever needed. I dread the planning work that goes into putting together a weekend youth camp. But, ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp Craziness Since Thursday morning, my life has been dedicated to the success of this Companion Camp weekend. So far it is going really well, we had a variety of games last night. We already had an epic water balloon fight and will race on the 72 foot inflatable obstacle course more this afternoon. Please pray for ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp Kicks Off The Companion Camp High School Staff arrived this morning.  Let the games begin.  It is my 10th year being involved in our annual Companion Camp.  Many of those years I have served as the Camp Director, which is where I find myself again this year.  It is an exhausting and time consuming weekend, but very ... Continue Reading...
  • Demolition: Part Two The demolition work inside the monastery is progressing quickly. Br. Maximilian braved the dust and took these pictures of the working being done during the past week. For the monks, who would see these rooms and hallways on a daily basis, it is quite a surprise to see the extent of the demolition work. It ... Continue Reading...
  • Demolition: Part One The past two days have been really windy, but this is nothing special around the Abbey, where 24 wind turbines turn daily. But, there has been a lot of dust blowing in the air from the demolition work done inside the monastery and near a surrounding building. Crews continue to remove old walls and flooring ... Continue Reading...
  • Happy Father’s Day Happy Father’s Day!  A special word of thanks goes out to all fathers.  Our fathers have a strong and formative role in our lives from an early age.  We also recognize others who have had a paternal influence and formed us into the people we are today. As the foster father of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph is ... Continue Reading...

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