A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

Br. Luis shares a Christmas Story: “I take an occasional turn caring for our 90-year-old, wheelchair-bound, Fr. Lawrence.  He increasingly suffers from the effects of dementia and memory loss.  Early this month, it was my turn to roll him into the dining room and set him up for the noon meal.  I asked him: Will you have your usual milk and buttered bread? He struggled to respond, so I gently reminded him that this is what he wanted.  He muttered to himself sadly, shaking his head, “Gee, I can’t even remember what I want anymore.” 
After dinner, we rolled back to the senior wing stopping by the community bulletin board where there was a posting for a special movie showing: “The Chosen, Episode 4, A Christmas Story.” I asked Fr. Lawrence if he wanted to see the movie.  He asked what the movie was about.  I said, “It’s about Jesus.” He quickly replied, “Who’s Jesus?” My eyes widened and I gulped.  Just as I looked at him to deliver some kind of reply, he looked up at me, his bright blue eyes meeting mine, and he cracked a wry smile and chuckled to himself.  He got me.”  

 

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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.