Spirituality

St. Michael’s Abbey is a place for common worship and prayer. All that we do is directed at giving glory and honor to God. Walk with us as we work, daily, to strengthen our devotion and love for Christ, Who first loved us.

We believe, and we adore, and we love.

What we heard in the first line of today’s first reading, St. Thomas makes clear, suffices to be good theological definition of the virtue of faith. What do we believe but the First Truth, God Himself, but precisely as something as yet unseen?

Filter Results

We believe, and we adore, and we love.

What we heard in the first line of today’s first reading, St. Thomas makes clear, suffices to be good theological definition of the virtue of faith. What do we believe but the First Truth, God Himself, but precisely as something as yet unseen?

Article

We Gotta Start Somewhere

We need to look upon others with love regardless of their perfections or imperfections. We need to imitate the loving Savior who risked it all in order to capture your soul alone.

Audio

A Necessary Part of the Christian Life

How much time do I actually give to my friends? How much do I pray for my friends? How much do I really try to see the face of Christ in the face of my friend?

Audio

Purity of Heart and Mercy

Priests, as mediators, are called in a special way to live out two virtues: purity of heart and mercy. Christ's interactions with the Pharisees give us a deeper insight.

Audio

Imitators of the Saints

We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

Audio

Epiphany

The mystery of divine light begun at the Christmas Midnight Mass is here brought to completion, for the message delivered directly to simple Jewish shepherds is today revealed through a star to the educated Magi from the East.

Article

The Light of Divine Favor

Tonight is a night of darkness and silence. If darkness is the utter lack of light, then in that blackness, a lonely beam of light, a single ray of heavenly favor, has no competition. All eyes are fixed on the glory of the Lord.

Audio

The Handmaid of the Lord

In these last days of the Advent season we have a whole succession of astonishing conversations to help us prepare for Christmas: the angel speaking to Joseph in his dream; another angel speaking to Manoah’s wife about the birth of Samson; the Archangel Gabriel appearing to Zachary in the temple to announce the birth of John the Baptist; and then, of course, the same great Archangel appearing to Our Lady in today’s recounting of the Annunciation.

Article

That We May Imitate What We Worship

Audio

Lend Me Your Heart

Bernal Díaz was a conquistador in the company of the great Hernán Cortés, who wrote his eyewitness yet famously objective account of what it was exactly they saw and experienced as the relatively small group of Spaniard soldiers and adventurers made their 1519 trek from Vera Cruz inland to what we now call Mexico City.

Article

Four Weeks to Go Looking for the Savior of the World

“To You Lord I have lifted up my soul…”. These words, which we prayed in today’s Introit, and which start us off on this Season of Advent—the immediate preparation for Christmas—have a touch of “holy irony” about them, an irony which will be completely manifest on Christmas Morning.

Article

Behold the Lamb of God

It is Jesus Himself who focuses our attention on St. John the Baptist, and on his role as prophet of the Most High. St. John represents a very important milestone in fulfilling the divine plan in the Old Testament tradition. As in the lives of Noah, David, Moses, and Elijah, with John it is clear that God takes the initiative, choosing the specific individuals He uses to speak to His chosen people.

Article

Novena for a Happy & Faithful Marriage

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), priest and founder of Opus Dei, believed that “those who are called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God.”

Video