The Joy of Spiritual Desire
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 14:38
Everyone of his own will may offer God
"with joy of the Holy Spirit" (1 Thess. 1:6)
something above the measure required of him.
From his body, that is
he may withhold some food, drink, sleep, talking and jesting;
and with the joy of spiritual desire
he may look forward to holy Easter.
Chapter 49, Rule of St. Benedict
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:48
Our sisters in Wrentham, MA, write about our Cistercian founders and their quest for a simpler life. They continue that quest: "We, nuns, successors to the men who stopped in a certain place and created a life of simplicity for themselves, are fortunate enough to be able to do much the same here at Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, MA. Our renewable energy projects--wind, geothermal, solar--have everything to do with that life. The gifts of God are there for us to enjoy, and in using them, we honor the Creator of us all. As cloistered, Catholic women we are often in church, where we gather to sing and “bless the Lord.” And blessing the Lord is something we try to do in every part of our lives, including the ways in which we live."
A child is born for us!
Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 15:37
It is good for us to learn anew each year to receive God appearing as a very little child. Far from being a sentimental or a secondary aspect of God’s manifestation, the appearance of the very little “God-with-us” reveals an essential requirement of the way in which God takes care to make us capable of receiving him. - - René Voillaume
Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 07:45
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
From the Prophet Isaiah
Solemn Profession at Crozet
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 14:32
On November 1, 2014,Solemnity of All Saints,Sister Maria Gonzalomade her solemn profession at the monastery of Our Lady of the Angels in Crozet, VA.
Sister Maria was born in 1977 in Madrid (Spain).She entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1997 and Crozet in 2010.
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:04
News from Holy Cross Abbey includes this:
15 September, 2014. Today’s “Word” isn’t literally from the Abbot–at least not Abbot Robert Barnes. But it is from an Abbot, Eamon Fitzgerald, the Abbot General of our Order. In his opening address to the Superiors of the Order gathered at Assisi, he talked about the fragility of the Order. The themes are familiar: ageing communities, shrinking numbers, fewer new members, financial instability. It is a poignant context for our own efforts to ‘refound’ our monastic community in Berryville, Virginia. Below you will find a some excerpts from his address where he considers what our communities identify as determining issues and our reactions to them.
The Assumption of Our Lady: Patronal Feast of Our Order
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 15:50
The monastery is an expression of the mystery of the Church, where nothing is preferred to the praise of the Father's glory. Every effort is made to ensure that the common life in its entirety conforms to the Gospel, which is the supreme law. In this way the community will not be lacking in any spiritual gift. The nuns / monks strive to remain in harmony with all the people of God and share their active desire for the unity of all Christians. By fidelity to their monastic way of life, which has its own hidden mode of apostolic fruitfulness, nuns / monks perform a service for God's people and the whole human race. Each community of the Order and all the nuns / monks are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Symbol of the Church in the order of faith, love and perfect union with Christ. (from the Constitutions and Statutes of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)