Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia, PA, and the historic sites that are so interwoven with the course towards independence that shaped the future of the United States of America.
The month of November is approaching fast. As is the custom of the Missionary Benedictines of Christ the King Priory in Schuyler, NE, we will again celebrate the daily Eucharist in November for the deceased benefactors and friends, and in particular, for your loved ones whom God has called from this life. May they rest in HIS peace and intercede for you at the throne of God.
To live charitably means not looking out for your own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest around us. Pope Francis – November 2013
On several social media sites this quote of Pope Francis was circulated and it caught my attention especially with the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in mind which caused so much devastation in the Philippines. People of good will from all over the world, including governments, responded with emergency aid.
St. Benedict, the Father of Western Monasticism, encourages the monks to read during the Lenten Season a book by a spiritual writer – given by the Superior – from the beginning to the end and to meditate on the message as part of the exercises leading towards the celebration of Holy Easter.
As monks we are committed to be faithful stewards of the funds we receive in support of our ministries and projects. 100% of every donation for a specific purpose (appeal) is assigned accordingly. No donated money is used to pay consultants, advertising, salaries, administrative expenses or postage. We monks do not receive a salary. All expenses are covered in full by the resources of the monastery and not withdrawn from any donations received.
It is our policy that each donation is acknowledged with a personal message. In addition, a Thank You letter is sent from the mission benefitting from the appeal donation.