In Response to the Corona Virus, to safeguard your health and that of the monastic community, we will close the Retreat House Friday, 20 March, 2020. If you already made a reservation, Carol Hensley has telephoned you or will be telephoning you. You may request to have your deposit returned or we can retain your […]
In years past, we’ve posted information about the Spiritual Direction Institute. As we do so again this year, let me remind our readers that this is also a good resource for those looking for a spiritual director. But let me present the announcement I have from SDI: Have you been searching for a way to […]
Due to a group cancellation we now have 12 more rooms available Monday afternoon through Friday morning, 3 to 7 February. To make a reservation, please call Carol Hensley, Monday through Friday at 540-955-4383 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 January, Friday after Epiphany: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Lk 5:12-16 A couple of days ago, in Mark’s Gospel, we heard that Jesus had withdrawn to pray; today, in Luke’s Gospel we’re told that he’d withdraw to deserted places to pray. As we digest the richness of this Christmas season, let’s not reduce that […]
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 9:45 AM Office of Terce 10:00 AM New Year’s day Mass celebrating Mary Mother of God PLEASE NOTE: The Gift Shop will be closed on New Year’s Day
Readings: 1 Samuel 26:7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38 Today Jesus challenges each and every one of us to love our enemies. I have met people who believed they loved everyone but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have difficulties loving his or her enemy. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be so. […]
Saturday is the Feast of the Founders of Citeaux, Saints Robert, Alberic and Stephan. It is a non work day for the monks and the community Mass is celebrated at 10:00 AM, Abbot Joseph presiding and preaching.
Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 We’ve been listening to these readings for decades: recall that water fills John’s Gospel. From John’s baptism, in the first chapter, to today’s Gospel in the next; from the end of Chapter Three when Jesus and John are both baptizing, on to Jesus at Jacob’s well in […]
Readings: Hebrews 3:7-14; Mark 1:40-45 Our First Reading today begins with the marvelous words, The Holy Spirit says…to introduce a long quote from Psalm Ninety-four. I find that a vivid reminder of how intimate and accessible the Holy Spirit is in our lives, and how effective. Saint Anthony of the Egypt certainly realized that when, […]
Readings: Hebrews 1:1-6; Mark 1:14-20 When Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow him, they left their nets and followed him–as simple as that. The stark way Mark writes the scene makes their reaction seem like a reflex. I wonder whether they realized what they were doing. I say that because ten chapters later, after […]