St Joseph in the Cistercian Tradition

St Joseph in the Cistercian Tradition

In this Year of St. Joseph, Fr. Placid explores St. Joseph in the medieval Cistercian tradition: "Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, was a 12-century Cistercian abbot who wrote sermons and treatises in the north of England. He uses Joseph as an example of a mature monk in several ways. midiveal Cistercian tradition: "Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, was a 12-century Cistercian abbot who wrote sermons and treatises in the north of England. He uses Joseph as an example of a mature monk in several ways. 

First, as one who, with Mary, was able to pour out the Holy Spirit to others in his life.  Together they did this through fraternal charity with contemplative prayer. Secondly, Aelred also shows how St. Joseph represents the monk who anticipates the coming of Jesus, having rooted out any covetousness in his life along with being purified of vices and bad habits. And lastly, he connects Joseph to Jesus as foster-father, an example how to foster and nurture Jesus in our own life as a monk. 

Peace and Blessings,

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.