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Hearing The Call At A Young Age-Father Casey Cole


https://youtu.be/R2A5G_7FKmM Father Casey Cole, a Franciscan Friar ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 22, 2019, is known for his use of social media to promote the Franciscan way of life. In particular, Father Casey uses YouTube to answer questions and further promote the priesthood. In one such video, he was asked for advice for high school students considering a religious vocation. Father Casey entered the priesthood at a young age, so he is the perfect person to thoughtfully answer the question. He offers the following advice to anyone in high school considering religious life. First, he says they must be [...]

Hearing The Call At A Young Age-Father Casey Cole2020-01-15T16:05:08-05:00

The Solemnity of Mary


On January 1, Daylesford Abbey celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This feast celebrates Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. January 1 is the eighth day of Christmastide in the Catholic Church leading up to the Epiphany on January 6. On the Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus as the incarnate of God. Christmas does not end on December 25 for Catholics. We celebrate the birth of Christ and the revelation of Jesus as God for days after. 

The Solemnity of Mary2020-01-15T16:02:55-05:00

Catechetical Corner December 22, 2019


Friends, from now until Monday, January 13, and the return of “Ordinary Time,” we’re all in for a lot of BIG MUSIC, especially here in the Abbey church. John Woznisky, Gareth Haynes and the Abbey choristers (I like calling them by that title!) will be serving up what the Germans call Pauken and Blasen (drums and brass). Our sung prayer will channel the angelic sounds the Bethlehem shepherds heard on high. But the dark cold of these days also calls us into silent reflection: -         on blessed memories of men and women who have shaped our sense [...]

Catechetical Corner December 22, 20192020-01-03T10:46:33-05:00

Advent And Christmas


We are halfway through Advent at Daylesford Abbey in preparation of celebrating the birth of Christ. Each Sunday of Advent follows a theme. The first week focuses on preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus. The second and third weeks focus on the teachings of John the Baptist about paving the way for the Savior to come and the joy associated with the coming of Jesus. The fourth week we place our focus on Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem to bring Jesus into our world.    Advent of course ends with Christmas, the celebration of the birth of [...]

Advent And Christmas2019-12-13T12:20:28-05:00

Catechetical Corner December 8, 2019


Silence: A New Catechetical Special Topic Series #2 For two seasons of the year there is no GLORIA at the Sunday Eucharist. In Lent that absence conveys something of the penitential feel of the Great Forty Days. Not so in Advent. Refraining from the GLORIA in Advent is more like creating an absence that leads us to hunger for and appreciate more some delight that comes around only once a year, e.g., fruitcake! This year we might reflect on (the?) GLORIA’s absence as a way of thinking about and appreciating more than ever the critical role of silence in prayer and [...]

Catechetical Corner December 8, 20192019-12-04T16:28:29-05:00

Catechetical Corner December 1, 2019


Pope Francis on Silence.  A New Catechetical Corner Special Topic Series # 1 VATICAN CITY — On a recent Wednesday , Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. “When we go to Mass, maybe we arrive five minutes before, and we start to chit chat with those in front of us,” the Pope said Nov. 15. However, “it is not a moment for chitchat.” “It is a moment of silence for preparing ourselves for dialogue, [...]

Catechetical Corner December 1, 20192019-11-26T10:00:08-05:00

Catechetical Corner November 20, 2019


A Thought for Thanksgiving How much money is enough? And can you ever have too much? So, what is the right amount? For John D. Rockefeller the answer was “just a little bit more.” At the peak of his wealth, Rockefeller had a net worth of about 1% of the entire US economy. He owned 90% of all the oil & gas industry of his time. Compared to today’s rich guys, Rockefeller makes Bill Gates and Warren Buffett look like paupers. And yet he still wanted “just a little bit more.”  “Enough” isn’t just an amount. It is also an attitude. [...]

Catechetical Corner November 20, 20192019-11-20T16:48:02-05:00

Catechetical Corner November 17


St.  Cecilia In the coming week (Friday, November 22) we will celebrate the memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin martyr, and patroness of church musicians. The story goes that she "sang in her heart to the Lord". In fact, we know very few authentic historical facts about the life of this Roman lady. But, like other saints about whom we have little documentation  (e.g., St. Nicholas, St. George), the stories that have come down to us about her give us some hint that there must have been something special about her that made her so popular. So, I’d like to use this [...]

Catechetical Corner November 172019-10-15T11:45:05-05:00

Catechetical Corner November 10


Daylesford Founders’ Day On November 13, 354, Augustine of Hippo was born in Tagaste, North Africa. The significance of that date has caused it to be set aside as the day on which the Catholic communities of consecrated life who follow his Rule (the Dominicans, the Augustinians, the Norbertines, other orders of canons regular, and many communities of sisters) celebrate the day in grateful memory of the Saints of their communities who strove to live the apostolic life of the early Jerusalem community according to the Rule of Augustine. It happened that on November 13, 1893, three Dutch Norbertines from the [...]

Catechetical Corner November 102019-11-12T13:17:48-05:00

Catechetical Corner November 3


Abbey Cemetery Sculpture Yesterday we celebrated the annual November All Souls Abbey Cemetery Service in which we remember all those buried there and also by name all of our deceased Associates. The visual focus of our cemetery and of the annual service is Anthony Visco’s bronze sculpture “Norbert Presenting His Follower to the Risen Christ,” or more exactly “Norbert Presenting Hugh of Fosse to the Risen Christ.” Hugh was Norbert’s closest associate, and when Norbert left Prémontré (1126) to take up his new ministry as Archbishop of Magdeburg (Germany) the community at Prémontré asked Norbert for permission to elect a superior [...]

Catechetical Corner November 32019-11-12T13:15:42-05:00