Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 I hazard to say that today's Gospel is the most challenging teaching for any Christian. As much as we propose practices and disciplines to identify ourselves as Christian, the touchstone of the Gospel is this exhortation to radical love, even loving my enemy. And each of us fails to do just that. Perhaps that's why we … 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)
First, you have noticed I have not posted new photos of the church. YOU HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. It is too beautiful for words, I think. So I have made a unilateral decision (don't tell the Abbot) not to post any more photos until it is done and you are invited to the grand opening... coming soon. As to the MIW there are only a couple of spots left! We … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
In reflecting on Fr. Robert’s peaceful resignation to his approaching death and his expressed longing for the day when he would pass beyond this vale of tears into our heavenly home, these powerful words of admonition from the great Saint Cyprian came to mind.
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.