An Invitation

An Invitation

Br. Christopher offers an invitation:
Welcome to the Abbey of New Clairvaux!
Many comment that they feel a sense of peace and spiritual well-being when they enter the monastery grounds. The monastery is a place of faith, a center of prayer. 
In a world in which many of our contemporaries find life sad, without meaning, without hope, we invite you to share our joy! We invite you to Jesus, the source of our peace and joy. As millions have discovered, everyone who has had the happiness to come to know Him, love Him. 
He loves you, and gladly died to open Heaven for you. All mistakes of the past are forgiven. He is the most compassionate, merciful, truthful. He is the One you have been searching for all your life.
Find out for yourself. Get to know Him. Read the Bible, start with the Gospel of Mark. Pray, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. You have joy in store!
With love,
Your brothers of New Clairvaux

What was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life—
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us—
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that our joy may be complete
. (1 John 1:1-4)

For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (Jn. 3:16, 17)

Please feel free to pass on this invitation!

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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.