Fr. Paul Jerome shares his wisdom

Fr. Paul Jerome shares his wisdom

Fr. Paul Jerome shares his wisdom:

1. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BEING A MONK!

The abundant time I have for private and public prayer, to develop a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, our Savior and their Holy Spirit, and with our Blessed Mother.  As well as the peace these relationships bring.

2. WHAT I WOULD TELL ANYONE DISCERNING A VOCATION

Be aware that Satan throws up many doubts and temptations to enjoy the various pleasures of life.  These seduce one to lose sight of the wonderful gift of a religious vocation, and the real sanctification of one’s life, with the opportunity to seek the Kingdom and do God’s will in one’s life.

3. READING SUGGESTIONS

Two little booklets: ‘Monastic Principles’ by Thomas Merton & ‘Thoughts to Thrill’ by a monk of New Clairvaux. 

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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.