Advent and Christmas

Christmas, 2019
Posted on December 23, 2019
I am a lover of music; when Christmas rolls around I am in music heaven. Christmas carols, Christmas concerts, the Monastery Schola singing, the Sisters’ Handbell Choir ringing—all of it moves me. Christmas music seems...
Christmas 2018
Posted on December 24, 2018
Christmas is here
Posted on December 21, 2017
Christmas is here. Family time and gifts. Friends and memories. Light in the darkness. Warmth in the cold. Love in the heart. Joy. Hope. Peace. As we celebrate any one or all of these gifts of Christmas, may we be...
Christmas Imagination
Posted on December 21, 2016
The photo on the Christmas Mount Magazine cover has touched the imagination of many. One sister told me it spoke to her of the birthing of beauty, to another it spoke of the gifts of the wise ones, and still another,...
A Christmas Greeting
Posted on December 23, 2015
Here in this place may hope be found. Deep in our hearts may love abound. ─from We are on Holy Ground by David Haas The song, We are on Holy Ground, has held a special place in our Advent prayer at the monastery....
Christmas Blessings
Posted on December 24, 2014
As I pause to write this Christmas message I find myself pondering present realities. Since June we have buried four community members, the most recent just this week. A number of our oblates have passed away, the most...
O Come, Little Children! O Come, One and All!
Posted on December 24, 2013
The good news of Christmas is simple: Jesus appeared as a child. A child is born and in that child is the Savior. A true understanding of Christmas can at times be best recognized by what children teach us. In their...
Christmas Spirit
Posted on December 24, 2012
I recently came across words of Calvin Coolidge that keep running through my mind as Christmas draws near: "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in...
Thoughts from the Prioress at Christmas
Posted on December 22, 2010
Throughout Advent the community sang a musical refrain reminding us that Christ is the light that surrounds us, the love that enfolds us, the power that protects us, the presence that watches over us. Something stirred...
Thoughts from the Prioress on Advent
Posted on November 29, 2010
The season of Advent is here. On Saturday evening we lit the first Advent candle. Its brightness in the midst of a darkened chapel was a reminder that Christ the Light is coming. We will continue our vigiling on the...