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Seeking God at this place of New Clairvaux, we are a community of Cistercian monks living the Rule of Saint Benedict. We witness God's love for the world according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by a life of prayer, labor, and sustainable stewardship of our resources in a simplicity and openness to the signs of the times. Our monastery welcomes all people in the spirit of hospitality, and engages others in collaborative relationships.

The question has been proposed: How do monks deal with the current grave difficulties facing the church and the world? An example is provided by our own Br. William:

My very first days in the monastery!  I remember every detail or perhaps I should say I “feel” every detail.  I entered the monastery on October 15, 1980 after a two-day trip by Amtrak from North Dakota my native state. 

To talk about those first days I need to share with you the days prior to my entrance into the monastery.  I connected and visited with friends and relatives.  Finally my family gathered on my last day home to say farewell.  These were weeks poignant with emotion, as I did not know when I might ever return and see these people again.

Advent reflection by Br. Christopher:

19 Christians, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, were beatified at a Dec. 8 ceremony at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross during a Mass in Oran, Algeria. The beatification was celebrated by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The marytrs were killed during the Algerian Civil War by Islamists, among them Bishop Pierre Claverie and seven Trappist monks.  Blessed Claverie was a French Algerian, and Bishop of Oran from 1981 until his Aug. 1, 1996 martyrdom. The best known of Bl.

Perhaps there are many things to long for in this life but there is one thing we long for and it never disappoints us:  That is our eternal home in heaven.  Longing for our heavenly home is not an issue we want to discuss, how we shall depart from this life.  It is not for us to decide.  God called us to be and to be present in this corporeal world for His glory, "For the glory of God is the living man" (Saint Irenaeus of Lyons).  It is God who will call us out of this life according to His will.  

Ask anyone: You can't make great wine without great grapes!  Br. Luis Cortez, our vineyard manager, reports on the 2018 grape harvest experience-

      Our eternal life begin now.  Do you recognize your approach to life in the below meditations?          

Where do wars and conflicts among you come from? Do they not come from your passions that war within your members? (Jm. 4:1)

Reflection on James 4:1

Before any conflict becomes a reality in action, it had been something that had been gestating in the person(s) for some time. How long the gestation has been occurring is not an issue. That it had been, is.

The Abbey of New Clairvaux hosted an event this weekend called the “Monastic Experience Weekend.”  It’s open to young Catholic men who want to get an experience of the life of a monk and perhaps how monastic life might benefit them in their own walk with the Lord.  The monks, for their part, are more than eager to open their doors and allow these men to share in the common life and prayer.  Some monks may feel hopeful that these men might even consider entering the monastery.  But for someone having to coordinate these events, I often find that most of them are simply curious and/or are see

No surprise that there is not as much spiritual value from the picnic table of monks as you can find from the Abbot’s table. Our picnic day is a relaxing day outdoor after the grape harvest. It is not much like our daily routine: Lectio Divina, studying or praying which nourish our spiritual life. Yet spending time together is something important for us too.