God's Love

God's Love

Fr. Thomas offers a teaching on God’s way of loving:  “The first letter of John tells us that God is love, and whoever remains in this love remains in God and God remains in that person. (1 Jn 2:16) The Latin word for this love is ‘caritas’ or charity as God’s love is selfless. The challenge is for each person to love in a selfless way. Throughout his book “On Loving God”, Bernard of Clairvaux maintains that it is the quality of our relationship to other persons and other things that expresses the quality of our love. It is true that persons and things can add a distinctive characteristic to our love such as an attraction or desirability. For example, a love for beauty or a love for one’s parents and children.

But the love that is God is a love that is selfless and given generously. The hallmarks of such divine selfless love are the ability to forgive, to love one’s enemies, and to love in a non-selfish manner. In other words, persons and objects do not determine the quality of our love, for love-charity is an ardent will reaching out in selfless way. Jesus Christ’s passionate willing to die for every person is the classic example of this selfless love that is charity. He generously forgave his enemies and generously gave his life for us.”

God's Peace and Grace be with you,

Your brothers 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.