Please note that the Gift Shop will be closed for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Friday morning, November 23. Also, we are happy to assure fruitcake lovers that we have an abundant supply of both the larger and smaller cakes—along with many other products from our various monasteries. And whereas the larger round cakes are also available online, (http://monasteryfruitcake.org) the … 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: Titus 1:1-9; Luke 17:1-6 The conclusion of this Gospel passage is genuinely Good News. Jesus plainly says that in our uncertainty, in our weakness we don't need more faith. Our faith can be as small as a mustard seed; we just have to allow it to do what it can do. Think about that! To plant a mustard seed, I have to hide it in the earth and leave it to do what it can do. At first … Continue Reading
- Fr. James’ Homily for the Thirty-second Sunday, Year B
- Reflection for Thursday of the Thirty-first Week
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
Ingratitude towards God results from two chief causes: Firstly, a failure to recognize God’s gifts showered on us every day, and secondly, an even more fundamental failure to recognize God’s presence in our life. Accordingly, developing a spirit of gratitude by recognizing and acknowledging God’s gifts helps heighten our awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives and thereby assists efforts … Continue Reading
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 Natural 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.