We're a week into the season of spring. But we're experiencing a bit of cooler winter-like weather. There has been some rain which is good for our crops during a drought but bad during blooming season. Many of our plum trees are beginning to blossom. So honey bees are in place throughout the orchards that are ready to pollinate. Spring is a busy time for both New Clairvaux's fruit orchards and vineyard. Preparations are made to allow for new life to flourish. Perhaps, the same can be said of our Lenten journey. In Saint Benedict's Rule for monks, he encourages increased time for lectio divina or Scripture reading during the season of Lent as well as practicing asceticism to allow room for God's word to take deeper root in our souls. In the meantime throughout the season of spring and Lent, the trees in our orchards, the vines in our vineyard as well as the monks at New Clairvaux prepare and await that great day when God raised Christ from the dead and all of creation along with him.
On this blog you will periodically find articles, links to pertinent websites, reflections, homilies, and images that express our monastic Cistercian life.