Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Fr. Thomas issues a call to consider our vocation to be Who We Are: “To receive a vocational call is an exceptional grace. Indeed, every vocations is a unique and magnificent grace from God.  I hear, I obey, I bear the crucifying consequences (because every vocational call is a challenge, in one way or another), for intimacy with the crucified Christ. At the moment of our death, (or to use a monastic term, ‘transitus’ - a passing over into…), it will be important to be like Christ crucified. This is our tremendous judgment day. Tremendous, because it is a day of great rejoicing as we are one with Christ crucified and waiting for resurrection.

To be a person is to be: Where you are / Who you are / What you are. All go to compose WHO AM I? We are a bundle of contradictions, conditions, possibilities. We are to use all these to create ourselves, for a vocation does not happen at a fixed moment. God is calling us forth from the divine womb, from our mother’s womb, from all life’s events until death. We are to use them to compose and create WHO I AM…”a person in good relationship with all persons and all these bundles”, to quote Rowan Williams, former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.”

 

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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.