Spiritual Combat

Spiritual Combat

Brother Christopher comments on the Spiritual Battle:  We sometimes hear, especially during Lent, that the Christian life is one of Spiritual Combat.  What does this mean?  One thing we might say is that the Christian life is a daily battle for FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.  These oppose the tactics of our spiritual enemies, namely: DOUBT (in God, His Goodness, and even His Existence), DESPAIR (over the state of our world, ourselves, our salvation) and SELF-ISOLATION (or self-centeredness).  All these have the aim of SEPARATING us from God.  Faith, Hope and Love, on the other hand, UNITE us to God; they come from God as they are participation in His Divine Life.  The fight for Faith, Hope and Love is our daily battle, and it is not always easy!  St. Pio called the Rosary his weapon; prayer is our weapon in the fight for Faith, Hope and Love.  Prayer unites us to God.  Therefore, the Church encourages us to be especially eager at Lent to give extra time to prayer, from which will flow closeness to God, mindfulness, wholeness and all the virtues.  God’s Light flows into our world.   

God bless you,
Your brothers of New Clairvaux




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.