Br. Christopher's Wisdom

Br. Christopher's Wisdom

Br. Christopher of Vina

1. What I love about being a monk!

                Number one for me is being 100% devoted to Jesus, to live a life that makes cultivating our relationship with Him the top priority, both as an individual and as a community together.  Number two is knowing that the graces of this life flow out with transforming power into our world, to people I know and those I don’t know; that our life makes a difference for others eternal happiness.

2. What would I tell anyone discerning a vocation?

                Don’t be afraid!  Life is short and with God you have the ability to do great things that will last forever.

3. A Scripture or spiritual reading passage that has meant a lot to me and why.

                Revelation 5: 13-14.  To me this is what our life as monks and as creatures of God are all about: day and night looking upon, loving. praising and adoring the One Who Is:

                And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out:

                “To the one who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb

                be praise and honor and glory and power

                for ever and ever!”  

                The four living creatures answered, “Amen!”, and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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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.