As Often As You Can

Maundy Thursday “ As often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until He come” Dear Brothers and Friends, For what is perhaps the first time in history, holy Church this year is forced to celebrate the central mysteries of our faith in a […]

Trodding The Winepress Alone

Spy Wednesday “Trodding the winepress alone” The contrast between the two lessons from Isaiah could hardly be more striking. In the first we see the Messiah portrayed as the valiant warrior who will trod his enemies under his feet and win a glorious victory. In the second, we see him humiliated beyond recognition, struck by […]

Chaplet Of The Blessed Sacrament

Spiritual Communion has taken on a new meaning for so many Catholics in the present lockdown. If access to the Holy Mass is denied, it is possible at every moment to receive the Lord spiritually and be blessed with an abundance of Divine Grace. With this in mind, a friend of the monastery has handcrafted […]

Of Putting Wood In Bread

Temple Tuesday “Let’s put wood in his bread” When the enemies of Jeremiah devised this cruel way of tormenting the prophet, they did not realise how they were prophesying the New Covenant. Putting wood in someone’s bread is a way of poisoning him and making life impossible. So they did to Jeremiah, so they did […]

Waiting In Silence

Palm Sunday “It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God” On this Sunday of the Palms, our Holy Mother Church invites us to remember that it is through suffering and death that we attain to the resurrection. The tone is by the collect of the Mass in which, after recalling that […]

About Not Going Back

Fig Monday “I have not gone back” The voice of the prophet Isaiah which we heard in today’s epistle reveals to us the dispositions of soul of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the eve of His passion. We can see here the struggle between the feebleness of His human nature, reluctant to undertake the labour […]

To Live Is Christ And To Die Is Gain

Passion Sunday “ For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” With this Sunday the Church enters into Passion tide, that time of the year when our gaze is focused on the salvific sufferings of Our Blessed Lord. We are draped in colours of penance, we have veiled our statues and our […]

Penance Kindly But Severe

Throughout Lent, the monastic office of Lauds gives us a beautiful hymn whose first words are “Jam Christe sol iustitiae”. Its second and third stanzas give us a lot to think about especially with the present worldwide crisis upon us: Thou Who dost give the accepted time, Give too a heart that mourns for crime, […]

I Myself Will Come

Annunciation The Lord spoke thus to the Prophet Ezechiel: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them. As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all […]