Fifth Sunday of Lent

The prophet Ezekiel greets us this Sunday with the words: “Thus says the Lord God—O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them” (Eze 37:12). Ezekiel is among the earlier voices in the Bible to speak of resurrection.  In Judaism, belief in a resurrection of sorts only came about over […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

At Meribah Moses was in the midst of an intense trial of faith; while he endured this trial successfully, the Israelites failed to trust in the Lord’s providence, as we hear: “the Israelites quarreled there and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” (Exo 17:7). This story is similar to […]

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Second Sunday of Lent

Matthew 17 1 – 9 Today we hear the account of the Transfiguration of our Lord.  This is a Gospel that is familiar and affords us with the gift of placing ourselves there with Jesus and Peter, James and John. We can imagine   what it was like to see Jesus transfigured before our eyes with […]

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First Sunday of Lent

For the first Sunday of Lent the reflection practically has to be on the theme of sin. This is not simply because we began the penitential season of Lent this past Wednesday as we received our ashes, but because the scripture readings demand it. The first reading today is from the Book of Genesis and […]

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Abbot President Named New Auxiliary Bishop Of Newark

Pope Francis has named three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Newark, appointing Abbot Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., Reverend Michael A. Saporito, and Reverend Monsignor Gregory J. Studerus, E.V. Bishop-Elect Elias has been serving as Abbot President of the American-Cassinese Congregation, an association of Benedictine monasteries in the United States, which includes Saint Vincent […]

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Brother Luke Hsu Ordained To Diaconate

Brother Luke Hsu, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, was ordained to the transitional diaconate along with Brother Wenceslaus Omamo, O.S.B., of Christ the King of Peace Priory in Kenya. The ordination took place February 15, 2020 at the College of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, by Cardinal James Michael Harvey. They plan to return to […]

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s scripture readings engage us in a reflection on the nature of sin and law, and they begin with a biblical author for whom the Torah and its commandments were life-defining.  We hear from this author, Jesus ben-Sira, on Sundays at least twice each year. His advice is sometimes quite specific, for instance, when we […]

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