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Lent 2014 (see here for Lenten rules of fast and abstinence)
Easter Triduum vocation discernment retreat from April 17th to 20th (more info)
Monks of St. Procopius Abbey
We, the Benedictine monks of Saint Procopius Abbey, called by Christ to live the Gospel in community, seek God by a life of prayer, obedience, and personal conversion, according to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the direction of the Abbot.
Persevering in the monastery until death, we employ the tools of the spiritual craft in the school of the Lord's service, witnessing to the primacy of God in a community of mutual love, that in all things God may be glorified.
- Further reflection from Abbot Austin on lectio divina (length: 1:55)
Weekly quote from
the Rule of St. Benedict
Although a monk’s life should be a continuous observance of Lent, yet such virtue belongs to only a few. Therefore, we urge all alike during these days of Lent to keep their life completely pure, and to wash away the negligences of other times during these holy days. This is fittingly done, then, if we refrain from all vices and we work at prayer with tears, reading and compunction of heart and also abstinence.
Therefore, during these days we should increase for ourselves something with regard to our accustomed amount of service in private prayer and in abstinence from food and drink. In this way, each of us by his own will may offer to God, with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1Th 1:6), something above his assigned measure. That is, let him withhold from his body food, drink, sleep, chattiness, buffoonery, and let him look forward to holy Easter with the joy of spiritual desire.
But let everyone bring to his abbot that which he offers, and let it be done with his prayer and approval, because what is done without the permission of the spiritual father will be considered presumption and vainglory, rather than worthy of a reward. Therefore, all things are to be done with the abbot’s approval.
-- Rule of St. Benedict 49.1-10 (whole chapter)