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Homily of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau,osb. Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault


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Homily of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau,osb.
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault

translated from the French
(@ St. Peter of Wisques Abbey,France, December 8, 2014)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,

Among the feasts of the liturgical year, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary holds a special place, insofar as its object is a gift granted to a human creature and far exceeding what anybody might have imagined. In the long series of human beings tainted by original sin, Mary is the exception. Blessed Pope Pius IX defined on December 8th, 1854read...

Fontgombault Sermon - "The Lord's hidden life in the workshop of Saint Joseph"

At today's Mass, a novice pronounced his first vows at the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault, which is why the Abbot deals with both the Feast and aspects of monastic life.

Working monks - Fontfroide Abbey

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Father Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
(Fontgombault, May 1st, 2015)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,
and most especially you, who are going to take your religious vows,

On this first day in the month of May, the month of Mary, under the Patronage of St. Joseph the Worker, you are going to consecrate your life to the Lord, as you wish to become ever more son in the Son.

In two verses in a row, today’s Gospel mentions a double fatherhood for Christ. The Heavenly Father’s voice is heard to assert: “Thou art my beloved Son”; whereas for people He was the son of Joseph. This double fatherhood, which is recalled when Jesus begins His public life, reminds us also of the episode of the finding in the Temple. St. Joseph and Mary desperately seek their child, and they eventually find Him in the Temple among the doctors. Mary cries out: “Behold! Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.” (Lk 2:48)  read...