On this hot summer month of July, the Abbey of New Clairvaux celebrates 57 years of Trappist-Cistercian monastic life on California soil. In the old Roman calendar, the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was on July 2nd. New Clairvaux Abbey was founded on July 2, 1955. But how was it possible for Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with Saint John the Baptist in July when Saint John had already been born on June 24? So the feast of the Visitation was moved to May in the revised calendar. The monks of New Clairvaux, however, kept the old date on which to honor our founding Fathers and Brothers now deceased and resting in the cemetery. A candle stands in their place today to remind us of these brothers who lived their lives as monks to the very end.
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