Maundy Thursday 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, The entire Catholic Church gathers today to celebrate a most solemn moment in the liturgical year. The sacred actions and words of the Lord on the occasion of His impending … Read More

Palm Sunday 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Just awhile ago we were processing with palms in our hands, singing the liturgical Hosanna pium that re-echoes each year those ecstatic praises sung by the children long ago, when … Read More

Recipe for Sanity

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, While I write this letter America is struggling—once again—to come to grips with the unspeakable horror of a mass shooting, perpetrated this time on Ash Wednesday, which was also St. Valentine’s Day this year. … Read More

The Battle for Beauty

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, In a remark delivered at a meeting of monastic superiors a few years ago, an abbot argued that the Church should stop cultivating beauty and instead promote ugliness. This ironic statement (uttered no doubt … Read More

Epiphany 2018

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?” (Matt. 2:1) Dear Brothers and … Read More

The Prince of Silence

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, As angry voices fuel the endless debates of partisan politics and simple souls find themselves ever more confused amid the struggles of a society having lost its human and divine bearings, we aspire as … Read More

Immaculate Conception 2017

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made anything from the beginning (Wisdom 8). Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, As with every solemnity of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, this … Read More

All Saints 2017

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

The Stolen Rainbow

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky … — William Wordsworth Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, If there is a biblical image that speaks to all mankind—in all times and places—it is surely that … Read More