Monday, September 4, 2017


"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me. 
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Mt 16

In yesterday's Gospel, Jesus invited us to take up our own individual crosses, burdens of all kinds. As we follow him, he promises to carry these crosses with us. We are never alone. 
As we pray this day that all human labor be blessed, we remember especially all those whose work may be a cross too heavy to bear, those whose work involves any amount of prejudice or oppression.
 These images of monks assisting in building the monastery from the Abbey archives.