Gabriel on the Annunciation
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:16

On the feast of the Annunciation, Br. Gabriel Lumpkin made his solemn profession at St. Benedict's Abbey in Snowmass, CO.

The Annunciation of Our Lady
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 14:45

Hail, Mary, full of grace!

St. Benedict's Rule for Monastics: chapter 72
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 09:24

Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness
which separates from God and leads to hell,
so there is a good zeal
which separates from vices and leads to God
and to life everlasting.
This zeal, therefore, the sisters should practice
with the most fervent love.
Thus they should anticipate one another in honor (Rom. 12:10);
most patiently endure one another's infirmities,
whether of body or of character;
vie in paying obedience one to another --
no one following what she considers useful for herself,
but rather what benefits another -- ;
tender the charity of sisterhood chastely;
fear God in love;
love their Abbess with a sincere and humble charity;
prefer nothing whatever to Christ.
And may He bring us all together to life everlasting!

Crozet is planning a new church!
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 08:46

The American Region rejoice in this good news from our sisters at Crozet:

"We share with you our joy and gratitude for God’s many blessings on our monastery since its beginning 25 years ago.  A special cause for thanksgiving is the expansion of our community.  We have outgrown our temporary chapel!   And with the increasing number of guests who come to pray and worship with us, we are greatly encouraged that now is the time to complete our monastery by building the monastic church.

"This will be much more than another construction project, since the whole life of our community revolves around the church.  We gather there seven times a day in communal worship, to praise and thank God and to intercede for all the human family.  From the church we go out to our various forms of work here at the monastery, and to the church we return for our most essential work – the life of prayer.  You are present and a part of this life of prayer.

"In keeping with our long tradition of Cistercian architecture, we hope to build a church where the glory of God is revealed in beauty, harmony and simplicity – a sacred place where all who wish may come for personal prayer and for communal worship that is both reverent and joyful.  In keeping with Cistercian practice in the use of local materials and labor, we are envisioning a simple but beautiful structure of brick and native stone."

You can read more here.

Presentation of Our Lord
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 09:19

On February 2, we remember the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple as recounted in the second chapter of the gospel of St. Luke. Simeon and Anna both come to witness to the Lord's Presence.

During this time we also renew our own consecration to the Lord. John Paul II wrote an apostolic exhortation on the consecrated life which is good to read (and re-read) at this season.

Bl. Cyprian Michael Tansi
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 07:39

O God, in the priest Blessed Cyprian Michael

you joined the apostolic zeal of a pastor

to the way of life of a monk.

Grant us by his intercession that, persevering in prayer,

we may seek untiringly the coming of your kingdom.

We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Here, at the web site for Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, you can read more about Blessed Cyprian Michael.

From Holy Spirit's Facebook post for January 17
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 08:35


Take your faith into the desert

Anthony headed out into the desert around the year 270 and spent the rest of his long life there. He soon attracted a following, and the desert monasticism movement was underway, which later influenced the entire monastic movement in the church. The next time you visit a monastic community or walk through an abbey somewhere, reflect on how it all began with someone taking the first step into the unknown wilderness in faith. Are you ready to step out in faith in your own life? Who knows where it might lead you?

To trust God one needs to risk.


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