Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, will preside at the Mass for Blessing of the Twelfth Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Archabbot Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., on Friday, July 10, 2020. The event will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. at this link: https://vimeo.com/436169336. Archabbot Martin, a monk of […]
Archabbot Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., will receive the solemn vows of Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B., or vows for life, on the Feast of Saint Benedict, July 11 at 10 a.m. Brother Placid, of Penn Hills, is the son of the late Philip L. and Emmeline M. Sellers. Born on September 18, 1957, he has […]
The Saint Vincent monastic community will receive the simple vows of one monk at 5 p.m. Friday, July 10 in the Archabbey Basilica. Brother Francisco Whittaker, O.S.B., will profess simple vows on July 10 at Vespers, while eight junior monks will renew their temporary vows for another year. Brother Francisco (Samuel James) is the son […]
It seems that whenever this Gospel is discussed the question of fairness becomes the focal point. Was it fair that those who worked the shortest period where paid a full day’s wage, the same as those who worked all day? In our day this is a case that would probably go to the Labor Relations […]
The great sage Jesus ben Sirach advises us today regarding the common trap of anger. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he writes: “Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight,” and later, “If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?” (Sir 27:30; 28:5). We have all given in to the temptation to […]
In this Gospel Jesus begins with an instruction on how to deal with a “brother who sins against you,” and ends with a lesson on the Lord’s presence about prayer; “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It’s interesting to note that in Judaism […]
In every age hope emerges, perhaps we may gain wisdom of heart. With today’s psalm we ponder this hope, and we join with people of every generation in praying, “Return, O LORD!” We are dust and unto dust we shall return. Indeed, the LORD summons us back to him saying, “Return, O children of men.”
The Lord Jesus teaches his disciples that wherever our hearts are there are our treasure. Saint John of the Cross reaffirms this teaching in his statement that we become what we love. Our responsorial psalm has us pray about our love for the Law of the Lord.
With today’s psalm we pray for the LORD to be our guide in the way of his commands. We pray for his guidance because without it our hearts will never learn his wisdom. Until we keep the Law of the LORD with all our hearts we are bound to go astray.
Saint Matthew and all the apostolic witnesses spread the message of the Lord Jesus through all the earth. Even though all of nature declares the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork, the witness of the Gospel is so much greater.