The watchwordof the Advent season, writes Mother Mary Francis, p.c.c., is “Come!” The word has a rich duality, signifying both quietude and urgency—the stillness of waiting for the guest and the pressing activity of preparation for that selfsame guest. This simultaneous waiting and preparing is an art form, and few spiritual masters are better equipped to encourage participation in this art than Mother Mary Francis of the Poor Clares.Come, Lord Jesusoffers an engaging series of Advent reflections focused on the coming of Jesus at Christmas, deeply immersed in the truths of sacred Scripture and the practical and spiritual insights of contemplative religious life so well-known (and well-lived) by the author and her community.
Qui venturus est veniet et non tardabit, et iam non erit timor in finibus nostris, quoniam ipse est Salvator noster. “He who is to come will come and will not delay, and now there will be no fear within our land, for he is our Savior.” (Entrance Antiphon for December19)
An instruction, in the words of Alice von Hildebrand, that “the liturgy keeps offering us precious insights that most of us do not perceive as precious jewels,”Come, Lord Jesusis a warm invitation to wait upon Christ the Lord, born into poverty in order to raise us up to the riches of eternal life.
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Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.,(1921–2006) was abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, New Mexico. Her many books, essays, poems, and plays circulated her contemplative wisdom to a worldwide audience, making her one of the twentieth century’s most popular spiritual authors. Her works includeA Right to Be Merry,My Beloved Is Mine, andBut I Have Called You Friends.
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We completed the “Chapter House” in 2023 to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454