18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

As a new student monk residing at Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine motherhouse in Rome, one of the first small tasks I had to master was to memorize the Latin version of one of the traditional monastic forms for grace before meals. The opening of this prayer was an adaptation of the Psalm we sing together […]

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Memorial of Saint Martha

Jer 15:10,16-21; Ps 59:2-4,10,11,17,18; Mt 13:44-46 The day of distress is the day we cry out with the Prophet Jeremiah, “Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!” When we regret even being born, we cry out with the words of Psalm 59.  We need to be rescued from our true enemies, the very enemies […]

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