A Great Apostolate

A Great Apostolate

Brother Christopher shares an Advent message on kindness: “ Of all the apostolates open to us, the most effective, the most far-reaching, the most consoling is… kindness. Kindness is one of God's best gifts to the world. It drives gloom and darkness from souls. It puts hope into fainting hearts. It sweetens sorrow. It lessens pain. It discovers unsuspected beauties of human character. It calls forth a response from all that is best in souls. It purifies, glorifies, and ennobles all that it touches. 

It opens the floodgates of children's laughter.  It lightens the burdens of weariness. It stops the torrent of angry passion. It takes the sting from failure. It kindles courageous ambition. It lifts the unfortunate. It leads back the wayward. It walks in the steps of Our Savior.

Let us become apostles of kindness to partake of its sweetness, to aspire to its holiness. All that is required is a little thought, a good will.  The apostolate of kindness is exalted; it is sublime; it is Christlike.”

Advent blessings from 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.