August 2017 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

August 2017 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

Everything Else

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/24/17

In the monastery, we just finished our annual retreat, a time when we hopefully spend some quiet time with God and remember what it means to be a monk. At the end of our retreat, we all renew our vows of obedience, stability and conversatio morum. That last one ... Read More »

The Juxtaposition of Good and Evil

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/17/17

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As I am writing this on August 15, I have been amazed by the events of the past week. I was born just three months before the Korean War began, and halfway between when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn ... Read More »

Gloomy Saints

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/10/17

Saint Teresa of Avila said, “God save us from gloomy saints!” Our concepts of reverent and proper “religious” behavior are formed by our culture, and we have inherited our ideas about that from ancient Rome… not Christian Rome, but good old pagan Rome who feared the gods, who were ... Read More »

The Future of the Church

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/03/17

You learn something new every day… hopefully. One of my favorite bosses, an Irishman in New York City, always said: “A day without learning is a day without sunshine.” For instance, I learned yesterday that Fr. Cassian thinks the bulletin cover needs more pictures.Now, in planning my vacation this ... Read More »


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