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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Martin's, founded in Lacey, Washington in 1895 as a monastery of the American Cassinese Congregation, is a community of Roman Catholic men dedicated to providing Christian witness in the Pacific Northwest through its monastic life of prayer and work, education and service to the Church. Saint Martin's Abbey fulfills its mission through liturgical prayer and worship, through its support of Saint Martin's University and through its pastoral service to the local Church.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
This Saturday is the presidential inauguration for Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, PhD. Current and former students, staff, alumni, monks, trustees, and benefactors are all welcome to attend this historic moment in our University. Please register soon: https://www.stmartin.edu/presidential-inauguration

We would love to see you there!
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
We sometimes see in the responses of those around us that holiness can be easily mistaken for prudishness or self-righteousness. But to prevent us from falling into a kind of secular Parisaism, where we judge others for trying too hard to become holy (or, conversely, not trying hard enough), we are reminded by St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, our youngest Doctor of the Church, that holiness is not an academic matter, nor something only for professionals. Holiness is not something one works against other people to attain. Holiness does not set one in opposition to another, but rather, it brings us closer together, to the point where we overlook the faults of those around us. Through the eyes of holiness, we see others as more important, more esteemed, and less flawed than we see ourselves. As Pope St. John XXIII, who made no less than five pilgrimages to Lisieux, once advised, "See everything. Overlook much. Correct little." There couldn't have been a more St. Theresian response to relationship.

Why is this? Perhaps we need a paradigm shift in our understanding of holiness. Holiness is a response to love, and not a response to law. As lovers are notorious for overlooking obvious flaws in one another, let us learn to love and take care of one another, overlooking the quirks and habits that might otherwise drive us crazy, and let us implore the Holy Spirit to help us remember how to love.

And let us also pray for Br. Thériè Pascua, OSB, who celebrates his name's day and patron's feast today! Happy feast, dear brother.