Monastic Thoughts

Monastic Thoughts

Br. William reminisces about the challenges and joys of perseverance: “When I arrived in Vina on December 21st 2011, it was a cold wintry night but I was filled with hope and great expectation and truly excited to be “home” at last, after years of wandering and wondering.
From the beginning, I believe this is my family and the brothers in Vina are like my siblings back home. 
I determined that I will persevere as a monk here, taking to heart Fr. Bob Martin who told me “this a beautiful life and vocation, never quit and leave.”
 Life goes on, and what are the things that I have learnt after 10 years as a monk?
There are many moments of joy and peace as well sweat and tears and the traumatic experiences, and being a person of impulsive nature and fiery temper is not helpful either.
In the Rule of Benedict the eighth step of humility is that a monk does only what is endorsed by the common rule and the example set by his superiors.
So I go about following the rules, observe the monastic practices and be obedient and respectful to superiors and brothers.
Things I learnt include not interfering or infringe into others brothers’ department, less comments, criticisms or being judgemental in order to avoid misunderstandings. 
I have to stay on my integrity and be myself, for I was born from the love of God and have to live up to God’s expectation.
To quote St. Pope John XXIII: See everything, overlook a great deal and correct a little.

 

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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.