The Beauty of Life

The Beauty of Life

Br. Peter Damian comments on good works for Lent:

“The beauty of a good life lived for God” (Saint John Chrysostom).

In the quote above, Saint John Chrysostom did not say the ugly life lives for God, but the beauty of a good life does. The good life consists of good attitudes, good intentions and good works. In the Lenten Season particularly, almsgiving, fasting and prayer are the good works. These three traditional practices make our lives beautiful. 

Therefore, we live for God when we show good attitudes to our neighbors, have good intentions and do good works. Please notice: these three good works are not the end, but the means that help us to avoid temptation, to overcome sin and to improve our lives.

However, God does not need us to live for Him who is our Creator. Rather, we live for God because we stand in need of redemption. Lent is a special time that reminds us that God loves us and sent His Beloved Son into this world to redeem us through the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Prayer

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.

Hospitality

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.