The early Cistercian master planners and builders used the geometric proportion known as “phi” or the Golden Mean/Ratio to perhaps, capture in a limited way, a certain kind of truth about God. While many Cistercian monasteries now lie in ruins or are preserved as museum pieces in Europe, a tiny portion of the 12th century monastery of Ovila is being resurrected and bringing new life here at New Clairvaux today.
Our construction crew have finally removed all the scaffolding and unveiled the interior of the medieval building. No words can adequately describe “it”. Perhaps, one simply has to experience and behold the intensification of purpose and unity that our early Cistercian fathers sought in pursuing a life of uninterrupted, unceasing prayer.