Lectio Naturae

Lectio Naturae

Br. Luis offers us a word on “Lectio Naturae”: One day, when a philosopher, surprised at the austere remoteness of St. Anthony’s desert dwelling, asked him: “How do you content yourself who are denied the comfort of books?” Anthony is said to have replied, “My book, philosopher, is the nature of created things, and as often as I have a mind to read the words of God, it is at my hand.” 

 Those who are familiar with the monastic tradition have likely heard about the practice of “lectio divina”.  This is the prayerful reading of Holy Scripture.  But ancient monastic tradition also speaks of the practice of reading the other book of divine revelation—the Book of Nature, wherein God is revealed in creation.  How often do we take a moment to seek a “word” of God in the sheer majesty of our mountain-studded horizon or in the crystal-clear waters of a running creek? It is mesmerizing to realize that we tread upon and navigate incessantly through the “pages” of a book brimming with palpable, visible, and inexhaustible exclamations of love and truth.  So let us look up and around, and take in a good word today.

God bless you all,

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.