The writing & works of

Fr. Hugh Barbour, O.Praem.

An Advent Retreat

It's not Christmas yet! Fr. Ambrose and Fr. Hugh discuss a few things you can do to make the most of the final days of Advent.


O Virgo Virginum

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after thee...


Key Five: Wisdom

Wisdom is the knowledge that comes through loving union. We become wise, able to judge spiritual things and the highest things in relation to our life and other people, because of our union with God. The wise person is never overcome with fear.


The Chapel of St. John the Baptist

The art in a church is much like the art in our homes: it tells a unique, personal story and helps us feel an affection for the space around us.


The Power of Feasting!

Catholics love a good party - and for good reason. Regular feasts provide needed foil to our fasting, lift our spirits for spiritual causes, and give us a foretaste of the community, celebration, and joy that is promised to us in heaven.


Key Four: Generosity

Generosity is practicing an open heart and a willingness to make use of our time, talent, and treasure – putting these in the service of others. Our Lord says, "by this they will know that you are my disciples, by the love you have for one another."


Key Three: Beauty

Beauty is compelling. People are drawn to beautiful things. In this new episode of 5 Keys to a True Catholic Life, Fr. Hugh and Fr. Ambrose discuss the importance of beauty in the spaces so dear to us–our homes and places of worship.


Key Two: Hospitality

When we receive guests, we receive Christ! Hospitality is a hallmark of Catholic culture, but its value runs much deeper than that.


Key One: Goodness

We should be taken up each morning by the joy of our practice of the faith, and let that spread to others by our cheerful demeanor, by our kindness, by our refusal to be hypercritical or sullen in our dealings with others.


The Dormition Icon in the Abbey Church

Three scenes depicting Our Lady in body, in soul, and in glory, are before your eyes today in this icon.


Why Do We Process?

The liturgical and devotional life of Catholic Christians is marked on all sides by the practice of processions.


Mother of the Church

"Mother of the Church" extends Mary's relationship with Christ to each of us--as our mother, and as the Mediatrix of All Grace.


The Bodily Assumption of Mary

While not a "singular privilege," the Assumption of Mary is a suitable compliment to Our Lady's great holiness and a glimpse at heaven itself.