“Lent at the Abbey” provides food for the soul, sustenance for the mind
- Name: Benedictine University
- Occasion: Lent at the Abbey
The Lenten season is traditionally one of fasting for Catholics. Fasting – which requires abstinence from meat and partaking of only one full meal – was required by Canon Law on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during the Lenten season.
While the strict rules regarding feeding the body have been redefined and somewhat loosened in recent years, the need to feed the soul and the mind remains as strong as ever. Feeding the soul and the mind during the Lenten season require holy reading.
“Reading is mandatory for St. Benedict's monks,” said Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B. “Everyone has to be literate. The Rule of Benedict 48:16 states, ‘…in these days of Lent they shall each receive a book from the library, which they shall read straight through from the beginning. These books are to be given out at the beginning of Lent.’"
Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. The theme of the event is "Holy Reading in Lent: Food for the Soul and the Mind."
Speakers will include Fr. Becket of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology at Benedictine University. Lent at the Abbey will reflect upon holy reading as food for the soul and the mind – one of the most important parts of the Lenten journey.
The schedule includes arrival and coffee, a morning prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, readings, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing. There is no fee for this day, but a free will offering will be taken.