Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 4,6-7, 10-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 John's Gospel usually offers us long discourses. Today's Gospel, a preview of John's passion narrative, is a fast-moving account of grace undeterred by controversy and opposition. I recommend you revisit it, picturing the events and putting yourself in the place of the various characters. That will yield more insight than … Continue Reading
Welcome to Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey
The monastery is a school of the Lord's service where Christ is formed in the hearts of the brothers and where in solitude and silence they aspire to that interior quiet in which wisdom is born. By generous hospitality they share with their fellow pilgrims the peace and hope which Christ has freely given.
(Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance 3:2-3)
Readings: 2 Samuel 16:1b, 4, 6-7, 10-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 The community Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Fr. James presiding and preaching. The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally known as Laetare Sunday from the opening word of the Latin version of the Introit: "rejoice!" That Introit is a reminder that Lent isn't gloom and doom--though when I was growing up, it was often … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
As we enter the Fourth Week of Lent and perhaps find some of our earlier resolve weakening, these encouraging words from the great Saint Augustine may serve to spur us on and forward towards Easter and Eternal Life:
Welcome to Holy Cross Abbey’s Retreat House. This ministry is a way to share a taste of our monastic life with you by sharing our silence and solitude, the natural beauty of this setting and the monastic liturgy throughout the day. The monks think of the Retreat House as our guest house; unfortunately that term has specific connotations in our world and this is not just a place for an overnight stay. Rather our Retreat House is specifically for those who need time to reflect on their lives, pray or refresh themselves spiritually. Staying with us in the Retreat House is a commitment to maintaining the silence contemplative environment of the place for all the guests.
Cool Spring Cemetery
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery is maintained and managed by the Cistercian Monks of Holy Cross Abbey where, for over sixty years, monks have lived on land made sacred by their lives of worship, prayer, and hospitality offered to all who visit. The cemetery thus constitutes a tangible extension of the monks’ life of worship, prayer, and their long tradition of hospitality.