Spiritual Life and Prayer: According to Holy Scripture and Monastic Tradition
by Mother Cécile Bruyère, First Abbess of Sainte-Cécile of Solesmes.
2016 Reprint of the English translation by the Benedictine nuns of Stanbrook Abbey, England,1900.
329 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in., paperback bound
Born in 1845, at the age of eleven providential circumstances brought young Jenny Bruyère under the spiritual tutelage of Dom Prosper Guéranger, abbot of Saint-Pierre of Solesmes. Under his spiritual guidance she blossomed and became, at twenty-five, the foundress and first abbess of the Benedictine abbey of Sainte-Cécile of Solesmes. In her hidden contemplative life, Mother Cécile Bruyère eventually formed and guided souls with repercussions well beyond her monastery walls, furthering the spiritual edifice which Dom Guéranger had established.
From the preface to the first German printing, 1896:
“The present teatise on prayer was first of all printed privately… for the instruction of the daughters of St. Benedict. All souls, however, who are aiming at perfection may derive profit and edification from its pages. The spirit of the venerable Abbot Guéranger breathes through the whole work. What this distinguished man thought on the all-important subject of prayer, what he expressed in his conferences, and what he wrote in many parts of his classical work, “The Liturgical Year,” is found here systematically arranged. Some of the chapters are real masterpieces;…” – Mgr Paul Leopold Haffner, Bishop of Mayence, 1896.
From the preface by Mother Cécile Bruyère:
“The characteristic of our faith is that it ever tends to apply to ourselves all the truths that it teaches us. It has no theories which are not meant to be reduced to practice;… faith moulds only those who act according to their belief… It will not therefore be a matter of surprise to find in the following pages more principles than sentiments; truths destined to encourage action rather than to satisfy the mind. The author had no thought of feeding even the most legitimate curiosity, but of increasing in souls, even in this world, the desire of union with God, for the glory of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, who will be the object of their contemplation for all eternity.”
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