St Benedict Transitus 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, Today we celebrate the transitus of Our Blessed Father Saint Benedict, which is to say his passage from this earthly life to Heaven, his departure out of our mortal existence, … Read More

There is No Other Way

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, The clerical sexual abuse crisis that has now reached alarming proportions is like the many-headed Hydra that Hercules had to kill as one of his Twelve Labors—worse still, like the Beast of the Apocalypse … Read More

Boars and Acorn Bread

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, Many in our day seek ways of living closer to the land. At Clear Creek we are fortunate to have abundant natural resources in the rugged woodlands God has provided for us. Here follows … Read More

Epiphany 2019

And behold, the star which [the wise men] had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was. (Matt. 2:9) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very Dear Sons, As with … Read More

Christmas 2018

And suddenly with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Gloria in altissimis Deo, and on earth peace to men of good will. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My very dear sons, In accordance … Read More

In Praise of Innocence

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey, For his part, Saint Paul argued that talk about certain subjects should simply be eliminated from the conversation of Christians: “Let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints” (Eph. … Read More

Immaculate Conception 2018

Trahe nos, Virgo Immaculata; Draw us, O Virgin Immaculate; we will run after thee to the fragrance of thy ointments. (Fifth Antiphon; cf. Cant. 1:3) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My Very Dear Sons, Beginning already in the earliest … Read More

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