The Spirit of Solesmes
by Sister Mary David Totah, O.S.B.
2016 Publication, 266 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in., paperback
The French Abbey of Solesmes was one of the centers of monastic life and culture, famed for its Gregorian chant as well as it’s contributions to liturgical and spiritual renewal in the 19th and 20th centuries.
This book presents a coherent view of the Christian life as expressed in the writings of three of Solesmes’ most important figures: Dom Prosper Guéranger, Mother Cécile Bruyère and Dom Paul Delatte. All three are concerned with the life of prayer, the liturgy, participation in the Church as communion of saints, the mysteries of love and suffering – the whole spectrum of Christian life – as well as themes pertaining more directly to the religious life. These writings reveal a spirituality which is luminous, penetrating, practical, and a passion for what Dom Delatte calls “the transforming power of the truth.”
The strength, relevance and humor of these three Solesmian figures will come as a pleasant surprise to many. Most of these writings appear in English for the first time.
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 started building the “Chapter House” 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