Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33 I believe that today's Gospel is a real challenge to the world we live in and even how we live our Catholic Faith. Jesus clearly says, Fear no one, yet I see so many people who call themselves Christians afraid of anything different from themselves. I see many believers who honor martyrs from hundreds of years ago, protesting any … 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)
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
Father Paschal's recent death is a timely reminder of our eternal destiny and that, in the words of the Letter to the Hebrews, we have here no lasting city. However, death is not so much a rupture between this life and the life to come as it is the transitioning into the fullness of life and the natural outcome and grace-filled completion of what baptism began. Yves Congar explains it this way:
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.