Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42 Come and see. Those words of Jesus are very poignant to me because a very good friend of mine told me that was the beginning of his monastic vocation. He's not pietistic or at all conventional but hearing those words--Come and see--in a homily by his future abbot, he took the invitation literally and came to see the life … 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: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 In the interest of ecumenical dialogue and Christian Unity, Mary under the title "Mother of God" would seem to be an unwelcome stumbling block. And to the degree that this title in any way suggests Mary as--in some sense--preexisting God or even the person of Christ, it surely is. And thus, perhaps, the title "Theotokos" better captures … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
Now that the day eagerly awaited has finally arrived, I wish you all a very blessed and holy Christmas filled with the Christ-Child’s gifts of peace, joy, and love. I also wish to thank you…
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.