Unexpected Lessons

Unexpected Lessons

Br. Luis concludes our series on ‘One Thing I Learned in the Monastery’:  “One of the coolest things that I’ve learned in the monastery is how to drive a tractor.  Over my years here, I’ve become a farmer, and tractors have become nearly a daily part of my life here in the monastery.  I’m from the city, so I never imagined myself acquiring these kinds of skills. I marvel at how the Lord has brought surprising twists to my life as I have endeavored to follow Him (and I also marvel at how I’ve managed to injure no one!) As I look down the road of life, I look forward to what other surprises the Lord has in store, for surprises abound in the Lord’s service—even in a Trappist monastery.”

God bless you,

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.