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Monks' Christmas Open House

stained glass windowSunday, Dec. 13
5:00 p.m. Mass in Abbey Church
6:00 p.m. Reception in the Monastery

The monks of Saint Louis Abbey invite you and your family to celebrate Mass with them at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, as we look forward to Christ’s coming. An open house will follow in the monastery.

This stained glass window, the work of Brother Symeon Gillette, O.S.B., and based on the Belle Verrière Window of the Cathedral of Chartres, was recently installed in the monastery library, a sacred space of study within the cloister. Brother Symeon has worked on the window over the course of the past fifteen years.

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“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.”
Isaiah 9:1

These words from the prophet Isaiah, part of the First Reading for the Midnight Mass of Christmas, speak very powerfully to us in our time. The recent terrorist attacks around the world, the ongoing racial tensions in our city and in cities around our nation, and the multitude of personal trials which all of us must endure give witness to the truth that we are a people who walk in darkness.

But the Good News of Christmas is that a light has shone in the midst of that darkness: Christ is born! Our faith teaches that through the Incarnation of the Word of God a light has come into the world that no darkness can overpower. The Christmas Season is the Church’s perennial call for us to proclaim the triumph of the Light of Christ that has come into our world.

But, as Saint John says so powerfully, there are those who prefer darkness to light (John 3:19). We must do everything we can to help spread the light of Christ to our world. This Christmas, let us redouble our efforts in prayer and action to seek God’s grace for the conversion of hearts, and that the world may be filled with the light that is cradled in the manger at Bethlehem.

May the peace of Christ Jesus
be yours now and always.
The Monastic Community of
The Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis
Abbot Thomas Frerking
Prior Gerard Garrigan
Prior Paul Kidner
Prior Timothy Horner
Father Ralph Wright
Father Benedict Allin
Father Finbarr Dowling
Father Laurence Kriegshauser
Brother Symeon Gillette
Father Gregory Mohrman ’76
Brother Mark Kammerer
Father Dominic Lenk
Father Bede Price
Father Augustine Wetta
Father Michael Brunner
Father Ambrose Bennett
Father Aidan McDermott
Father Linus Dolce
Brother Maximilian Toczylowski ’00
Father Francis Hein
Brother Sixtus Roslevich
Brother Andrew Senay
Father Cassian Koenemann ’97
Father Cuthbert Elliott ’02
Father John McCusker ’01
Brother Dunstan Holms
Brother Edward Mazuski ’05
Brother Athanasius Soto
Brother Benet Myers
Brother Justin Hannegan
Brother Joseph Igoe ’09
Brother Hugh Goossens
Brother Philip O’Donnell

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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