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.
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It is very interesting to see the different reactions when the Risen Lord appears. Who believes and who doesn’t and why. Where do we place ourselves? What prevents us today from truly believing that Christ is risen and alive? Some of us can be different versions of the apostle Thomas, wanting to see and touch to believe, but I think that more often than not we are simply “slow of heart to believe” (Lc 24: 25). Like the disciples walking to Emmaus our hearts are stuck; stuck between our own expectations of how things should be and the horror of the cross, Jesus’ cross, that of others or our very own. Like them, our hearts need to burn again when He opens the scriptures for us and breaks the bread. Easter is the perfect time for doing so: opening our Bibles and listen with the ear of the heart, and celebrating his presence in the sacraments.

The good news of Easter is not that all is going to be easy but that no matter what is going on in our lives Jesus is with us. He has overcome the world. If we still doubt, we just need to cry out as they did: Stay with us! He surely will.

Happy Easter!