Fr. Anthony's Wisdom

Fr. Anthony's Wisdom

It is one year since our dear Fr. Anthony Bellesorte passed over to the Lord, on March 22, 2018.  In memorial of his passing I have a special treat for you: I had the honor of being Father's caretaker in his last months, and before he passed I asked him some questions, and he wrote down his responses which I now share with you below; our last opportunity to receive the wisdom of our beloved friend and brother, Fr. Anthony.

                                 --Br. Christopher

 

1.            WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BEING A MONK-

                That I get to live with a group of men who are serious about having a loving relationship with Jesus, His Father and their Holy Spirit.  As well as Mary the Mother of God.

2.            WHAT I WOULD TELL ANYONE DISCERNING A VOCATION-

                Follow your Heart’s Desire.

3.            A SCRIPTURE OR SPIRITUAL READING PASSAGE THAT HAS MEANT A LOT TO YOU AND WHY-

                The Song of Songs – First because it is a love poem and we are all lovers.  Secondly because most of the story takes place in a garden.  Gardens are wonderful places.  I feel extremely blessed to live in the Garden of Vina.

 

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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.