This is the sermon l gave at a Mass for 250 fire fighters on September 11 OoooooooooooooooooooooooooooO A lot has happened in the 20 years that have passed when so many people were murdered in A violent act of hate.Boys became menGirls became womenAnd love brought them together to become husband-and-wifeAnd then in love they … More The September 11 Sermon by Fr. Michael Perry
By now most of you will have surmised that the annual Oblate Retreat in October will have to be cancelled once more. While the Monastery is slowly opening and some guests have already been welcomed, the logistics and safety for our group have yet to be worked out. Meals and gathering for twenty or more … More 2021 Oblate Retreat Cancelled
by Fr. Michael Perry Two topics, one reflection Picture this: The other 10 apostles are gathered together today because there is strength in numbers and the one thing they are strong in is their fear. Only 10 are gathered today because Thomas didn’t arrive yet and Judas is dead The 10 are relieved to see … More Divine Mercy and Doubting Thomas
by Fr. Michael Perry If you’ve made the stations of the cross lately you got to contemplate what Jesus endured to save us from our sins . But what does that really mean “ to be saved” or even better, what really is “sin”? By my definition, sin is any action or attitude freely chosen … More A thought for Passiontide
Received from Fr. Michael Perry… Men’s monastery that it is, Mount Saviour has a long history of welcoming women as oblates. Some stay very involved and close to “home” and others make their oblation and move on. Two of our sister oblates died recently; each of them written up with a half page obituary in … More Oblate News
– Fr. Michael Perry Because the memory of war was seared in the mind of Reverend Father Damasus and others We became one of the hundreds of churches around the country And around the world Dedicated to Mary the Queen of Peace Place our church atop the Saviour’s mountain. And you have. What we have: … More The Homily for the Solemnity of the Dedication of our chapel
by Alfred Dubois Work, Study and Prayer – Essential for a Benedictine monk or oblate. During the decline in Rome, Saint Benedict saw the need for Work-in a society that was ravaged by decadence, despair and sin. In today’s world, we do not have a Saint Benedict so we depend on the “media” for our … More Work and the Glory of God
by Fr Michael Perry I was sitting at the front desk in the Portery reading a review in The New Yorker of the new book about Dorothy Day, when out of the blue (actually the barn) Br John showed up and asked me if l wanted to see his baby pictures.”This should be interesting”, l … More Lambs and Vocations
Resurrected For the first time in many years, I watched the Easter sunrise from my window instead of through the chapel windows at Mount Saviour. Sigh… Still, it was beautiful and felt like a promise of better days to come. Every year as Lenten season begins, I work with the idea of growth. The … More Happy Easter!
“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.