From the Pastor's Desk

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 »

True Wonders

Posted by Renee Molner on 7/28/17

There are wonderful things around us if we just open our eyes to see them. After driving over 4,500 miles on my vacation, this truth has never been impressed on me with such power. How could I not have seen these wonders so close to us?It is truly amazing ... Read More »

The Eclipse

Posted by Renee Molner on 7/20/17

Don’t worry… too much. You have a month to prepare… for the worst. But as the saying goes, prepare for the worst and hope for the best.On Monday, August 21 this year, a total eclipse of the sun will slice a 70-mile-wide path of darkness through the state of ... Read More »

The Secret of Fatima

Posted by Renee Molner on 7/14/17

So there is a piece of news I might have said something about, but I didn’t. At the time I couldn’t work it in. So better late than never. Fatima is an unusual name in the Christian west. It is the name of Muhammad’s youngest daughter who became the ... Read More »

Free as a Bird

Posted by Renee Molner on 7/07/17

Enough seriousness. Birds fly south for the winter, north for the summer. Me too. I’ve been going to Haiti in the winter and to upstate New York and Canada during the summer. I am a bird person.Before I came to the monastery, I had 25 parrots. I had a ... Read More »

Reflecting on PACEM IN TERRIS

Posted by Renee Molner on 6/29/17

Happy Fourth of July! Again we are blessed to celebrate our freedom. As our Congress is debating a budget for this nation… how much to spend, how much to cut, on what, from what, it is good to think about the truth we hold to be self-evident. Not just ... Read More »

Always Distinguish

Posted by Renee Molner on 6/23/17

People like me who grew up listening to shows that later moved to TV may remember the famous opening line, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Only The Shadow knows. But it is a good question, a serious question. Because much of the evil that ... Read More »


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