Lovers of the Place

Lovers of the Place

Fr. Thomas speaks with us about the meaning of PLACE in our Christian and monastic lives:

“A straightforward meaning that Jesus gives to his Ascension is that he is going to prepare a place for his disciples and for us in the Father’s house.  Jesus has promised that he will return and takes us there. Meanwhile, before this wonderful event occurs, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will come to make their dwelling place in our personal lives.  This idea of place, then, means that we, as disciples of Christ, are called to live intimately with one another and with God. How wonderful it is to live in the ‘place’ with the Trinity.

As Benedictine-Cistercian monks, 'place’ has a rather significant role in our monastic lives.  St. Stephen Harding, one of our founders, was said to have loved the brothers and the place.  Expressive for us monks of this concept of place is our vow of stability. By this vow, we are lovers of that place where we have vowed to live for the remainder of our life!   Why? The monastery is the place that symbolizes our living together as a community so as to meet and live intimately with one another and with God. Living in community in this place of New Clairvaux Abbey, with all that communal living implies, is living with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

            God bless you,

            Your brothers of New Clairvaux Abbey



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.