Divine Mercy and You

Divine Mercy and You

A monk of New Clairvaux comments on Divine Mercy Sunday:  "Today we celebrate the final day and conclusion of the Easter Octave with Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is truly the conclusion, because this is, in fact, the whole reason for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus: so that He could pour out His Divine Mercy on us and draw us back into the unity and love of His Most Compassionate Heart.  

Love could be defined as 'unity in the form of a verb'.  God is Unity; it is His very nature, and He is always drawing us at every moment into His Divine Unity, Fullness and Completeness.  We can call this His 'Will to Unity'.  The only thing that can ever be an obstacle to this is a contrary 'will to separateness' on the part of his spiritual creatures, preferring something lesser to His Perfect Will.  The very second this 'will to separateness' is given up (which we can call 'repentance'), He immediately draws us back again into His loving Unity.   We can call this 'forgiveness'.   It cannot be otherwise, for Love and Unity is Who He Is.  

I contend that if the devil himself were to drop on his knees before the Throne of Heaven, saying, "Oh my God!  What was I thinking? I'm so sorry!”, God's Love would have embraced him before his knees hit the ground.  What great confidence then can we poor human beings, who fail so often, have in the face God's constant, immutable, unchanging Will to restore us all to his Divine unifying love, through Jesus Christ Our Lord?  Let us embrace the Promise of His Divine Mercy, today!" 

God bless you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux




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.