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September 30, 2018


This Friday we began a community fast at Friday dinner to make amends to God for the recent sins of the Church. Sort of a one day modified Good Friday fast consisting of soup, bread and water at dinner. We will have it on every Friday except for feast days. When we fast we fast, when we feast we feast!

A brief description of the Catholic Church’s practice of reparation from Wikipedia: Reparation is a theological concept closely connected with those of atonement and satisfaction. In ascetical theology, reparation is the making of amends for insults given to God through sin, either one’s own or another’s. The response of man is to be reparation through adoration, prayer, and sacrifice.

Latin Ordo
Our Fr. Justin, the Order’s Liturgical Secretary has finished the Latin Ordo for the liturgy for 2018-2019 which is now posted on the Order’s web site. Those interested will find it at OCSO Latin Ordo 2018-2019. He is now working the English edition.

Message From the Bakery
Today is the last day for Big Monks’ Bread sale: all varieties available at half price (on-line only). To order go to Half Price Sale, today only.

Lectio Notebook

The present reading from the holy gospel (John 21:15-19) commends to us the virtue of perfect love. Perfect love is that by which we are ordered to love the Lord with our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. Neither of these two kinds of love is capable of being perfect without the other, because God cannot be loved apart from our neighbor, nor our neighbor apart from God.

Hence as many times as Peter was asked by our Lord if he loved him, and he answered that he was a witness that he loved him, the Lord added at the end of each inquiry feed my sheep or feed my lambs, as if he were clearly saying ‘there is only one true proof of wholehearted love of God-if you strive to exercise care by laboring solicitously on behalf of your brothers.’

Now whoever neglects to commit himself to practicing the work of piety toward his brother to the extent of his ability shows that he loves his Maker less than he should, for he is scorning Christ’s commandment concerning support of his neighbor in his time of need.

Bede the Venerable
Homily for Sts. Peter and Paul