Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Father Vincent Martin, O.S.B., b. 1912

Father Vincent Martin, O.S.B.Father Vincent is a member of the Benedictine community at Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, California.

Q: What do you believe are the most important values to uphold and promote?

A: We are living in a time that is more religious than it was fifty or sixty years ago. However the biblical God is disappearing. People are open to the divine but Yahweh is being ignored. There is a strong influence from India and a return to a kind of pantheism. We are seeing much concentration on the humanity of Christ and with it the sense of the sacred is lost. People don't seem to be really worshipping. They get together and feel good--a kind of new opium for the people. It is a very serious problem. The sense of God, the sense of the transcendent, the sense of worship is failing. . . .

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