The Culture of Life

The Culture of Life

Br. Christopher shares on a great saint: 

"On October 22 we celebrated the memorial of St. John Paul II, also known as John Paul the Great.  St. John Paul was the pope during my formative years and a great influence on me.  This year is also the 25th anniversary of his prophetic encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).  I wanted to share a bit of this with you all, it is a great reminder.  It is not just about abortion, it is about creating an ethos and culture of life in which all life is valued, a culture of caring for one another.  St. John Paul taught:

“Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern.  Each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, and we reflect His Glory in the world.”

“Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person’s life.”

“In every person who lives or dies, we see the image of God’s glory.  We celebrate this glory in every human being, a sign of the living God, an icon of Jesus Christ.”  

When we come to know and treasure the Divine Presence within ourselves, at the core of our being, we come to recognize it in others also, and then to execute, leave behind, exploit, harm, or abort becomes unthinkable.   Instead, we throw our efforts into networks of supporting, helping and building up that person become the person they can be."

#JohnPaulII #EvangeliumVitae #RespectLife #ProLife #CultureofLife #Trappist #Monks

 
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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.