The Three Births

The Three Births

Fr. Thomas shares on Christ’s Three Births:  “Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy, O. Cist., concludes his book, The Marian Mystery, with the teaching of Isaac of Stella regarding Mary as Mother of the Church, a teaching found in Isaac’s first sermon on the Assumption. (Isaac: c 1100- c 1170, an English cleric who became a Cistercian abbot.) In this sermon Isaac speaks of three ways to view Christ’s birth.

There is his eternal birth as the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the eternal Father that the abbot refers to as “motherless.”  There is his human, earthly birth, the Incarnation, from his Mother, Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is his third birth, likewise in earthly time but one that will endure for eternity: his birth in every person devoted to him through the mystery of the church.  This awesome third view expresses the truth that Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension are mystically, yet actually, embedded within us by the church, our mother, through the Holy Spirit’s power found in the Sacraments. This birth will attain full achievement in Christ’s final triumph when he comes to gather us into the bosom of the Father.

The ancient monastery of St. Gerasimos in the Jordan River Valley, near Jericho, West Bank, has a painting of the Holy Trinity in its cupola. In this Trinitarian icon, the Second Person is represented as an infant in the boson of the Father. I like to contemplate the infant Jesus as promising growth into adulthood, indicative of his future body, the church, and of my place in that body.”

Peace and Joy always,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux

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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.