Creation and Redemption

Creation and Redemption

Br. Peter Damian shares on creation and redemption:  “In his book ‘On Loving God’, Saint Bernard said, “In his first work He gave me myself; in his second work He gave me Himself; when He gave me Himself, he gave me back myself. Given and re-given, I owe myself twice over.” 
In the first work of Creation, God gave us our true selves; in the second work of redemption God gave us Himself in Christ. By the gift of giving Himself, we are restored to the true selves that we have lost because of sin. Jesus Christ, dying on the Cross, gave us Himself by the motivation of love – Sacrificial love. The Cross is the token of that love for us. “What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?” (Ps 116:12).

Blessings of Love and Peace,

Your Brother of New Clairvaux

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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.