Who is Coming?

Who is Coming?

Fr. Thomas offers some thoughts for the holy Advent season:  “Our patron St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s (+1153) Advent Sermons offers some impressive thoughts for our preparation as we look forward to the coming Solemnity of the Incarnation, Christmas. We are challenged to keep upmost in our minds certain questions about Christmas: WHO is coming, from WHERE is he coming and to WHOM is he going, WHAT is his purpose in coming, at WHAT TIME will he arrive and by WHAT MEANS will he arrive.

Who: The Father’s Gift of his only Begotten Son Incarnate
Where: From the Father’s boson, the heart of Divinity’s divine splendor and eternal life.
To Whom: To our human nature with its darkness, pain and death.
What is the purpose: The Good Shepherd seeking his lost sheep.
What time: In silent prayer when the night was in its course.
What means: As the SON of Mary ever Virgin giving her ‘yes;’ As INDWELLING in those persons also who say ‘yes’ to his coming; As the LORD of All in supreme Majesty at the end of time.”

 

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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.