I wanted to take some time, not so much to plot out what I would write, but to write from a center of balance and hope. I do not want to write a political polemic--that would not be appropriate for this website. I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and am critical of both parties; I will never find a party or political ideology in which I would feel at home. But as a Cistercian monk, as a … 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)
The Background: You don't need this post to realize that posts have slowed down in the last month. It's not from a lack of news but a lack of time; it's a question of being practical. On Monday 17 July, we began celebrating on weekdays, as we do on Sundays and non-work days, Lauds in its entirety. On weekdays, we then have a brief break: the ordained monks vest, candles are lit, lights turned … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
This short prayer of thanksgiving by Saint Augustine could easily have been on the lips of Saint Peter after being rescued from drowning beneath the waves of the stormy sea.
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.