Advent Reflection

Advent Reflection

Advent reflection by Br. Christopher:

                Jesus Christ is the Image of the Invisible God.  How will the tiny, newborn infant we will encounter in the manager in a few days show us Who God is?  It seems a contradiction, The Almighty and a helpless little child, but perhaps not so much as we might think.  The God who is seen small and helpless in the crèche is also makes Himself so very small at the center of our heart; so quiet, still and patient a Presence, waiting for us to notice Him, to respond.  Let us not keep Him waiting, but with Mary, Joseph the shepherds, and holy angel hosts let us recognize, honor, worship and sing interior songs of praise to Him! 

                We wish all a blessed preparation for the Coming of Our Lord!

                --Your brothers of New Clairvaux




Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.


Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.