All Saints 2020

And when [the Lamb] had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, … Read More

Assumption 2020

Pulchra es et decora…Thou art beautiful and comely, daughter of Jerusalem, terrible as an army in battle array. (5th Antiphon of Laudes. Song of Songs 6:4) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Later this year, on … Read More

St. Benedict 2020

At that time: Peter said to Jesus: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? (Matthew 19:27) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, The Holy Rule, written by Saint … Read More

St. Peter and Paul 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very Dear Sons, The color for today’s solemnity, as we are all well aware, is deep red, symbolizing the blood of martyrs. It is no secret that the Holy Apostles died the death … Read More

Corpus Christi 2020

Ecce panis Angelorum…Lo, upon the altar lies, / Hidden deep from human eyes, / Bread of Angels from the skies, / Made the Bread of moral man. (Lauda Sion, Sequence of the Mass, composed by Saint Thomas Aquinas.) Dear Brothers … Read More

Whitsunday 2020

And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. … Read More

Ascension 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, The mystery of the Ascension of the Lord is filled, “charged” as we might say, with theological hope. Everything about the Gospel scene and the gripping narrative of the Acts … Read More

Easter Sunday 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Easter is the solemnity of solemnities, the culmination of the liturgical year; it is the celebration of the Risen Lord, of the victory of Life over Death, of the ultimate … Read More

Annunciation 2020

My very dear sons, For twenty years now we monks of this abbey have lived under the protection of Our Lady of the Annunciation and reaped the spiritual fruits of such a happy patronage. What better model could there be … Read More