The Little Things

The Little Things

A monk of New Clairvaux shares a Lenten reflection on the Little Things:  “Usually we focus our attention (or fears!) on the big crosses and sacrifices of life that we can offer up to God, things like a serious illness, relationship problems, financial crisis, or the like.    I want to say that there are tremendous, transforming graces available to us every day in the LITTLE trials that life continually offers us, things that are not at all big in themselves, things as mundane and ordinary as misplacing ones wallet, being caught in a traffic jam, and a million other annoyances and minor frustrations.   I find great encouragement in this thought.  I keep in mind that while there are differences between the big things and the little ones, on the other hand, the spiritual act of surrender itself that takes place in our souls is the same in both cases:  either yes or no, either acceptance or rejection of the Grace God is offering us through this surrender.   I have to think that little daily aggravations of life must be very good for us, or the Good God would not have made them so common!  So let us not miss an opportunity to when it comes.   A single act of surrender is worth a thousand prayers, remember this well.  Because every acceptance of a cross, large or small, unites us to God in an act of Love and Trust.   On Good Friday, we will have the ultimate example of Jesus surrendering Himself to God’s Providential care, and the New Life that results for the whole cosmos."

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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.


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.