In Mark 9:14-29 Jesus creates a clear pathway for the faith. The father of the possessed boy says, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus replies, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” He exorcises the evil spirit and cures the boy. Jesus creates a clear pathway for the faith.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, St. Benedict also created clear pathways for the faith. St. Benedict said, “But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments.” (Prologue:49) That’s what Benedictine monks do. Benedictine monks create clear pathways for the faith.
St. Benedict, cleared a forest of olive trees that pagans were worshiping when he built Monte Cassino. The people converted to the Catholic faith. St. Benedict created a clear pathway for the faith.
St. Boniface, chopped down an oak tree that the German people were worshiping. They martyred him, and his example created a clear pathway for them to accept Christ.
Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, carried the Gospel from Bavaria, Germany, to Pennsylvania, the New World. In the American Cassinese tradition, he built a monastery, started schools, served in parishes and sent his monks west to start places like St. Benedict’s Abbey in the geographic heart of the United States. Archabbot Boniface created a clear pathway for the faith.
Our founding Abbot, Innocent Wolf, brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this spot, St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas, before it was a state….in the middle of a civil war….Abbot Innocent Wolf created a clear pathway for the faith.
We are black monks, meaning our habit is black. Our tradition of the black habit traces back to our founder, St. Benedict. As black monks and members of the American Cassinese Congregation, we serve Christ by creating clear pathways for the Gospel. That is one of our jobs. We are Benedictine monks who, today, are creating clear pathways for the Gospel in the New Evangelization. St. Benedict, pray for us. St. Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us. St. Boniface, pray for us. Holy Apostles, pray for us.