From this Place

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, Contemplating the calendar invites us to look beyond the present moment, whether to the past or to the future. Together with this calendar I am sending you, I offer a few reflections on the … Read More

All Saints 2018

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

Anchored in the Stars

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, While news from the nation’s capital and around America—truly a nation divided— continues to be unsettling; as scandals and rumors of corruption within the Catholic Church unleash their confusion upon us week-by-week, we instinctively … Read More

St Michael 2018

Benedicite Dominum, omnes Angeli…Bless the Lord, all ye his Angels : you that are mighty in strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, It is … Read More

St. Michael’s sword

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, The Catholic faithful thought they had seen it all. We hoped the worst of the clerical abuse scandals were behind us. But the perfect storm was yet to be unleashed. As I write this … Read More

Assumption 2018

Assumpta est Maria in caelum…Mary has been taken up into heaven: the Angels rejoice; in hymns of praise they bless the Lord. (First Antiphon of Lauds) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, Sometimes we Christians are … Read More

St Benedict 2018

Sancte Pater Benedicte, intercede pro nobis. Holy Father Benedict, intercede for us. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, According to Dom Delatte, the third abbot of Saint-Pierre of Solesmes in France, “Experience shows that no earthly … Read More

After Ireland

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, Following the resounding—the deafening—defeat of the pro-life cause in Ireland on May 25th by a referendum that repealed the eighth amendment of Ireland’s constitution protecting the unborn, someone asked me, “What now?” Despite the … Read More

Saints Peter and Paul 2018

Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32) Dear Brothers and … Read More

Pentecost 2018

Emitte spiritum tuum et creabuntur, et renovabis faciem terrae. Send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 103:30) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very Dear Sons, Today, … Read More

Oranges and Lemons

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, There was a time when life was ordered, not by the ringtone of your so-called smart phone, but according to the melodious and mysterious voice of the church bell. This is undoubtedly still the … Read More