These monks defend the dignity of the body after death

The monks at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa, maintain an apostolate building caskets and urns, playing their part in encouraging respectful and dignified burials, and keeping death before our eyes. This is a participation in the corporal works of mercy. The

Opening the Word: What is your light?

Be ready for Mass on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time! In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, Catherine Cavadini asks, “What is your light?” as she writes about Isaiah 58 from this week’s first reading: “Your light is God’s love,

A cry for charity from my oh-so comfortable heart

Assistant editor Ava Lalor shares how a conversation with a priest about the homeless in their community has led her to take seriously how to give alms this Lenten season: “During the season of Lent, we are called to do three things

Monks honor the dead with their labor

In Iowa, Trappist monks manage the state’s second largest privately owned forest within their 1,800 acres. The land produces high-quality prized lumber, and the black walnut trees are considered some of the best. From that forest comes the business, Trappist Caskets, that