In Praise of Rural Manners

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, The Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy, wrote that “happy people have no history.” Other interpretations of this mysterious saying are possible, but here is one: since what we call “history” is often made of wars … Read More

Epiphany 2017

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Dear Brothers and Sisters in … Read More

The Yule Child

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, As the last logs (to use a homely metaphor) of the Year of Our Lord 2016 burn slowly down to embers, we remain pensive in our meditations, thinking back over battles lost and won. … Read More

Christmas Midnight Mass 2016

At that time: there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled…And Joseph also went up from Galilee… Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Something very big was at work … Read More

Immaculate Conception 2016

Vestimentum tuum candidum quasi nix…Thy garments are white as snow, and thy face is as the sun. (2nd Antiphon of Laudes). Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, In contemplating the spectacle of the Immaculate Conception, such … Read More

All Saints 2016

Post haec vidi turbam magnam…After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and … Read More