Br. Andrew's Wisdom

Br. Andrew's Wisdom

We share Br. Andrew’s wisdom…

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BEING A MONK!

I love sharing my life in Christ with other like-minded mean.  I love spending time in silence and solitude in my cell reading spiritual books and praying.  I love the Mass and praying the Divine Office with the other monks.  I love taking walks around the beautiful property with the tall trees and the creek running through and the wildlife.  I love the times of community sharing and the charity we exhibit.  I also love the generous hospitality shown to our guests.

WHAT I WOULD TELL ANYONE DISCERNING A VOCATION:

Please remember that the real reason for a vocation is to do God’s Will in a special calling.  Keep your focus on Jesus and have a devotion to Our Lady; she will help you endure hard times.  Despite all the hardships, this kind of life is very rewarding in many ways.  Try to persevere to the end, uniting yourself to Jesus more and more and you will not regret it.  Call upon the angels and saints as well to assist you on your spiritual journey.  Jesus in waiting for you!

A SCRIPTURE PASSAGE THAT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND WHY:

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: Rejoice!” (Phillipians 4:4)

To me this means that no matter what happens, whether I like it or not, I must remember to rejoice in the Lord always, since trials and temptations are meant for my spiritual growth, which I must always be thankful for.

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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.