May 25, 2007

"Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?"

I have posted a homily for today.
Click HERE for it.

An atheist who honors the Roman Catholic Church as source of Western Civilization and who wishes to help the Church today reports today about a New York atheist’s gift of $22.5 million for educational scholarships to Catholic schools for inner-city children.

Self-acknowledged atheist Robert Wilson gave the money to the New York Archdiocese’s “Cardinal's Scholarship Program” for disadvantaged students.

Eighty-year-old Wilson said he has no hesitation in giving money to Catholic schools. "Let's face it, without the Roman Catholic Church, there would be no Western civilization," Wilson said. "Shunning religious organizations would be abhorrent." He called his gift " a chance for a very modest amount of money to get kids out of a lousy school system and into a good school system."

May 21, 2007

The Latin word "benefactor"

It means "one who does well."

I had the new donation button up for less than half an hour when someone used it to send a donation.

My monastery prays regularly at Mass-- aloud during the Prayers of the Faithful-- for our benefactors, people who show us any goodness or kindness.

Such persons are imitators of God, the First Benefactor of all.

Donations help my monastery be a monastery.

They also help us maintain a retreathouse for guests who wish to spend some days of prayer here.

We provide food for distribution to the poor through volunteers.

We also assist financially and administratively a multifaceted organization, "The Brother Benno Center" (named for one of our monks who helped the poor for most of his life). The Center provides daily cooked meals, emergency shelter, and other forms of help to the poor and homeless.

Helping my fellow monks use the internet

We inquired from the telephone company about how our monastery might begin using DSL. They told us they would have to dig trenches and install cable beginning where there is already cable, down a road and up our hill, and it would cost tens of thousands of dollars. So! No to DSL!

Furthermore, wireless capabilities have not yet extended near enough to our monastery for us to go that route either. The telephone people told us that it may happen for us in a few years.

Satellite is also out of the question due to dollars.

We're stuck with dial-up. It is such a "constipated" experience (after my having the use of DSL at the parish) that I don't surf the web anymore. It can take me an hour now to do what I used to accomplish in fifteen minutes.

One of the things I'm trying to show our monks is how to enable people to make their donations to the monastery online. To that end, I am installing the donation button below on this blog and on my homily blog to show our accountant, Brother Mario, how it works.

You are welcome to give it a try. Your donation will help us pay for internet access.

May 20, 2007

For the Seventh Sunday of Easter

My monastery keeps the solemn holy day of the Lord’s Ascension on the same day as the universal calendar of the Church, the same day named in the Scriptures: the fortieth day of the Resurrection. That was last Thursday.

I have posted a homily for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Click HERE for it.