In the past few weeks, God has been gracious to hear our pleas for rain. In this month of April, we at New Clairvaux see the once bare and barren field next to our new church begin to sprout leaves of grass. And all around, signs of new life are bursting forth. All the insects, birds, and ground animals flutter about and run around as the earth beckons them with inviting smells and colorful sights. Perhaps this is how God beckons each of us in the spiritual life. Signs of God's goodness and beauty abound in the world of nature. So, too, our spirits will be drawn to God who is source of all that is true, good and beautiful. If we but pause to listen, we might be granted the grace of beholding God's splendor shining through our befuddled mind and flitting hearts. During times of trial, tragedy and suffering, the vision of God's glory may not be so apparent. Sometimes, however, it is precisely in moments of trial and human suffering that God chooses to reveal God's divinity...not to magically make the pain disappear, but that the greater truth of God's love or charity may abound all the more in the human person.
On this blog you will periodically find articles, links to pertinent websites, reflections, homilies, and images that express our monastic Cistercian life.