Thursday, January 27, 2011

Clothed in my right mind

"When a man makes his monastic profession, he responds in gratitude to the gift of grace. Conversion is at the heart of monastic life, not a flashy conversion, but a commitment for the long haul to seek God through a life of obedience, stability in the monastic community, and the daily fidelity to the monastic way of life. The cuculla with which [Br. Francis] will be clothed symbolizes that right mind of obedience through which he returns to Christ from whom he had departed through the sloth of disobedience." 
Archabbot Justin DuVall, O.S.B.
Homily during Solemn Profession Mass
of Br. Francis de Sales Wagner, O.S.B.
January 25, 2011
Singing the formula of profession.

"Uphold me, O Lord ..."

"... and do not confound me in my expectation."

In front: Mom, brother, brother-in-law, and sister.

Mystical Burial, echoing baptism and monastic funerals.

"Now I am dead, for my life is hidden with Christ in God."
(This is where it got a little emotional.)

Clothing with the cuculla.

Greeting of Peace.

A Beginner under God's Protection.

Photos by Mary Jeanne Schumacher and John Farless,
Saint Meinrad Archabbey Communications Department

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