Easter Sunday Homily by Fr. Columba

Easter Sunday Homily by Fr. Columba

12 April 2020

On a day like today, just like at Christmas, we’re invited to go down memory lane and remember Easters past. I have simple memories of Easter:

As a little boy getting an Easter egg in a cup … Continue Reading

Merton, Camus, Plague and Pandemic

By Fr. Joseph Kerrigan, Mepkin Abbey

Merton, Camus, Plague and PandemicAlong with many around this pandemic world who are seeking some greater sense of it all, I decided to take up anew The Plague, Albert Camus’ acclaimed 1947 novel.

As I navigated the … Continue Reading

All the World Is a Monastery

All the World Is a Monastery

by Father Columba

Many people have commented in recent times that they’re living like monks. And as a monk living in a monastery, I’m beginning to see that there’s a lot of truth to that comparison. Perhaps all the world … Continue Reading

Age-Old Symbols Console in Mournful New Times

Age-Old Symbols Console in Mournful New Timesby Fr. Joe Kerrigan, 12 April 2020

Approaching the Mepkin Abbey Church along its west side, the rolling springtime landscape of live oak trees and a variety of flowering shrubs is arrested by two clusters of identical white crosses – … Continue Reading

Staying at Home is Tough When You Have No Home by Fr. Columba

At this terribly difficult time in the world, we at Mepkin are counting our blessings. Two of the great gifts that we have is our brotherhood together and the fact that we have somewhere to stay, to eat, to sleep, … Continue Reading

Tuesday of Holy Week Homily: Keep close to Jesus by Fr. Gerard Jonas

7 April 2020

Is 49,1-6; Jn 13,21-33.36-38

We are now on the tail-end of the Lenten Season. Very soon, we shall enter the Great Paschal Triduum. Our liturgy on this third day of the Holy Week unfolds the developing drama of … Continue Reading

Prayer at Mepkin during the Pandemic

Prayer at Mepkin during the PandemicAs usual, the monks gather in the church seven times a day. We are very much praying now, of course, in the context of a world torn apart by the pandemic. Therefore, we have added three extra items to our … Continue Reading

A Palm Sunday Homily

5 April 2020

by Fr. Guerric Heckel

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”

Today Jesus is entering the most troubled place in the world. It is a place of struggle, conflict and … Continue Reading

By Land, Sea and Air: Three Welcome Sounds Continue to Visit Mepkin

By Land, Sea and Air: Three Welcome Sounds Continue to Visit Mepkin
by Father Joseph Kerrigan, Mepkin Abbey

The iconic images associated with the coronavirus outbreak usually feature famous public spaces – Times Square, the National Mall, St. Peter’s Square – dramatically cleared of people, the very crowds for whom these spaces … Continue Reading

URBI ET ORBI: A CONTEMPLATIVE TAKE

URBI ET ORBI: A CONTEMPLATIVE TAKE

by Father Joseph Kerrigan, Mepkin Abbey

It’s a big deal when a television or a live-streaming broadcast is turned on in a Trappist monastery.

For example, when the Trappists at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky watched televised news of the Sept. … Continue Reading