3 May 2013

5th May 2013 - 6th Sunday of Easter - Br Columba McCann OSB and the Benedictine Life

On this weeks programme we are joined by Br Columba McCann OSB who is a monk at Glenstal Abbey in Murroe Co Limerick to discuss and reflect on life as a Benedictine monk. We also have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some notices and other liturgical odds and ends.

The podcast of this weeks full programme can be listened to HERE.

Bro Columba interview can be listened to HERE.

Life as a Benedictine Monk - Bro Columba McCann OSB

Regular listeners to the programme know that SS102fm likes to share the life and charisms of different members of our church in Limerick and we joined this morning by a guest from Glenstal Abbey to talk to us about the Benedictine life.

From the Abbeys own website:

Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in County Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 1927, it now numbers 50 monks. The Abbey, founded in memory of Blessed Columba Marmion, is dedicated to Saints Joseph and Columba. It belongs to the Congregation of the Annunciation, in the confederation of Benedictine monks. The monastery is directed by an Abbot - Dom Patrick Hederman (who has previously been on SS102fm), who is elected by his brothers for an eight year term. The monks run a boarding school for boys, a farm and a guest house, and are involved in scholarly and pastoral activities. They assemble in the church five times a day for prayer (the Divine Office and the Mass), in which Gregorian chant plays a significant part. The Benedictine liturgical style is characterised by beauty and harmony, celebrating God’s presence, while it evokes a response of loving reverence in the monk.

A monk is also a man of Peace. Over the main archway of Glenstal Abbey there is a bronze motto, which consists of one word: ‘PAX’: (PEACE). A monastery is a place where peace reigns, where the monks practise fraternal charity and forebearance towards each other and to all with whom they come into contact. A monastery is a place apart, where all may find peace, quiet, recollection, and ultimately God Himself.

A Benedictine monk leads a life of prayer dedicated to seeking God in everything, under a Rule and an Abbot. The prayer of the monk is expressed in community by the chanting of the Divine Office. The monk’s prayer is also expressed silently wherever he may be.

There is a rich variety of monastic work at Glenstal. Monks of this abbey are engaged in academic, artistic, literary, domestic, administrative and agricultural work. There is no specific work associated with a monk and the monastic apostolate is primarily one of presence, witness and service. The Work of God, the Sacred Liturgy, comes before all else in the life of a monk. Images of the work and life of the community are available HERE.

You can learn about Benedictines, St Benedict and the Rule of St Benedict here.

Br Columba shares with us his story and how he discerned his vocation to priesthood and his journey from Dublin via college to Glenstal Abbey and life as a Benedictine monk. He shares about life in the monastery - a spiritual laboratory to provide a place for a person to seek God. Prayer, community, work, lectio are the elements involved in opening you to the voice of God which allows the heart to expand to experience the Divine Love.
Reflecting on the process of discernment Bro Columba speaks of the need to seek advice, of regular prayer, daily scripture readings and ultimately to see where the joy leads you.
Contact information and details about vocations here.

Gospel - John 14:23-29

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical Odds and Ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Week 2

Saints of the Week

May 6th - Bl Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton
May 7th - St Rose Venerini
May 8th - St Peter of Tarentaise
May 9th - St Catherine of Bologna
May 10th - St Comghall
May 11th - St Ignatius of Laconi


Link to the weekly newsletter from Limerick Diocesean Pastoral Centre

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje – 14th to 21st September 2013
Bed & Breakfast and Evening Meal. Flights from/To Shannon. Come and join us for a relaxing and reflective week. Cost €689 Contact: - John Keily 069 76253 or 087 6751795

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