This week the renovation of the "old dorm" continued with some preliminary excavations to expose and then seal the foundations and lower walls which were allowing seepage into the basement. This important second phase of the renovation project will include installing more effective drainage for the rain run-off from the various roofs—run-off that has been part of the seepage problem. Although … 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: Galatians 5:18-25; Luke 11:42-46 Dante called St. Luke's the "Gospel of mercy." However, were I one of the Pharisees or Scribes in today's Gospel, I probably wouldn't register "mercy" as Jesus levelled with me. It can be a relief to see Jesus express his anger, though that's no justification for my own outbursts. What the words of the Gospel can't tell me is how Jesus sounded in … Continue Reading
- Reflection for Monday of the 27th Week
- Monthly Eucharistic Adoration, now and hour earlier, an hour longer
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
Jesus is not typically associated with either/or thinking and black and white categories; but today is one instance when he does: Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Interestingly, Jesus doesn’t say whoever is not for me is against me, but whoever is not with me is against me. Being with Jesus is, in turn, more than just being in his presence or … 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.