Jesus needs souls who listen to him in silence.
Saint Rafael Arnaiz

Discernment Retreat September 28th & 29th

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Our Lady of the Angels Monastery is a community of Trappist-Cistercian nuns. Our life is wholly ordered to contemplation. We journey together towards an ever closer personal union with Christ, through mutual care, a balanced life of prayer, work and study, according to our Cistercian tradition, in communion with the Church and in intercession for the world.
From the Monastery


Easter is over and we are back in Ordinary Time, but I was wondering if time can be ordinary again after a true Easter. Peter tried to do that at first. He went back fishing and, of course, he didn’t catch anything. Jesus had to show up on the shore again and remind him that he had not forgotten his word—he had called him to be a fisher of man and he had not taken back his word despite his mistakes (Jn 21:1-19).

I can imagine Peter thinking, “So now what? How do we do this?” As they waited for the Holy Spirit, they were like little birds who have no trust that those two “things” on their sides would ever help them to fly. Have you ever felt that way?

When we are still fearful to try our new wings, we may need to remember these words from St Paul: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Cor 5:17) Even our most ordinary gestures at work and with are our loved ones can be clothed with new light, depth and beauty, only if we recognize the everlasting presence of the Risen One by our side.