Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Rather, the Christian life is aimed at the vision and glory of God – a secret, spiritual communion with the source of all life. We approach this communion through a life of regular prayer, study, participation in the sacramental life of the Church, the fostering of Christian virtue, and face-to-face relationship with others who walk the way of sanctity.
Drawing on the support and guidance of others is necessary in order to deepen and test the spiritual life. It takes a village to make a Christian. At the same time, the Christian life requires us to come apart from the routines of a confused world into a place of simplicity and clarity, a desert place. This combination of solitude and communion are what characterize a Christian spiritual retreat at Mons Nubifer Sanctus.
At the heart of our programming is the Prayer Vigil, a silent immersion retreat focused on the engagement of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer, or hesychia (silence, stillness), is a disciplined way of working with the body, the will, the emotions and the intellect. Hesychia brings peace, opens us to truth, and helps us to trustingly yield our lives to the transfiguring light of God.
Perfectly situated on the hemlock forested banks of the Little Delaware River in New York’s northwestern Catskill Mountains, our historic buildings and peaceful grounds provide the perfect setting for this most important work. Mons Nubifer Sanctus also serves as both a private and group Christian spiritual retreat center.
Thank you so much for introducing me to contemplative prayer and a more quiet lifestyle. I so appreciated the way you and Maureen welcomed me into your home and invited me to be part of your life. I have continued the practice most days and found a few ways to incorporate quiet work also. Know that God has used this to infuse more of His peace into my life. Thanks for your willingness to lead and inspire me--by example and instruction--in this direction.
"Thank you, Fr. James. It was a refreshing and inspiring day for us."
"Thank you once more for the inspiring class. Your teachings surely had an impact on my heart."
"How fortunate I am to have been a part of the Mons Nubifer Sanctus program on New Year’s Eve. Going into 2016 I feel cleansed and refreshed! I am praying for your continuing success."
"I am so very grateful for the time and effort you gave us. I so very much appreciated the space, the way you structured our time, with the periods of still prayer followed by the offices, work periods, meals, and rest."
"You have so much to offer and such a beautiful and holy space. You have been a big part of my faith journey which will continue until I draw my last breath."