Now that our festive celebrations of Christmas and New Year's have come and gone, the monks of New Clairvaux continue to pursue our mission by living out the Cistercian monastic life that has been handed down to us from ages past. We pray that in the years to come, we will find a few young men to take up the task of seeking God and serving him through a life of prayer and work in the monastery. Perhaps the rigors of monastic life, a life of early morning vigils, abstinence from meat, and the daily challenge of a life lived in common with other men, can seem a bit daunting to those contemplating such a "calling." But the life of a monk is simply that, a calling by a God who desires to show him much more of the divine life, a life filled with God's peace and God's love. If it were up to the monk's strength, monastic life would altogether have failed a very long time ago. But monastic life endures just as a monk endures only because God has not disappointed him in his hope. And the hope that the monk aspires to is a life that allows God's own glory to break through and allow God's kingdom to come and reign on earth just as it continues to be in heaven.
On this blog you will periodically find articles, links to pertinent websites, reflections, homilies, and images that express our monastic Cistercian life.