In the 11th century in the area of what is now France, Robert, Alberic, Stephen and their companion monks were inspired by a vision and were granted permission to set out to establish a "new monastery" in a place called Citeaux. This new monastery started what later became the Cistercian Order. The call to be a Cistercian monk or nun today is brought about through personal contacts with a particular monastery involving regular visits and is carefully guided and nurtured by a particular monk or nun of a particular monastery. Monasteries of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, otherwise known as Trappists, can be found in specially chosen places across the continents around the planet earth. Wherever you are in the universe, whoever you are, and whenever you feel a pull or attraction toward making a visit to such a place, know that it is your heart that searches for inner quiet and that it is God who beckons you to be still and know. For more information on Cistercian monasteries of monks and nuns, please visit the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance website at: www.ocso.org
On this blog you will periodically find articles, links to pertinent websites, reflections, homilies, and images that express our monastic Cistercian life.