Happy Solemnity of the Transitus of St. Benedict!
We celebrate this special feast day for Benedictines, honoring the Abbot St. Benedict for his life and witness. Today Conception Seminary College is celebrating its annual Pastor’s Day, where the seminarians’ pastors were invited to visit. These past few weeks of Lent have gone by quickly. Spring officially began yesterday, and there are wonderful signs of Spring already at Conception. The forecast promises warmer temperatures into the 50’s and 60’s during the next week.
Last weekend I traveled to Boulder, Colorado to visit a vocation candidate of ours. I was able to spend time meeting his roommates, seeing his workplace, and have dinner with his family. I also celebrated Mass Sunday morning at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church near the University of Colorado campus. After Mass on Sunday, the vocation candidate and I were able to go to Eldorado Canyon State Park and complete two beautiful hikes. One was 3.5 miles and the other was just under 5.0 miles. It was great to be outside in the mountains, enjoying the weather, and having good conversations about following God’s will and discernment.
Lord our God,
you filled the blessed abbot Benedict
with the spirit of your Son
and made him a master in the way of perfection.
As we celebrate his entry into glory,
may we attain that love which surpasses all understanding.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.