Who is My Neighbor

Who is My Neighbor

Fr. Thomas comments on Who is My Neighbor? “Various commands are given us in the Gospel, such as love one another, love your enemies, love God with all one’s heart, soul, strength and mind, and love one’s neighbor as one’s self. We understand what it means to love one another, we knowwho our enemies are, and we grasp something about God. But the Gospel question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ opens up for us an insight on love, for Jesus, nor the Gospels for that matter, really define who a neighbor is. Jesus tells us how to respond to persons in various situations. The response is with love, compassion and understanding. Authentic love, it seems following the spirit of the Gospels, does not define its object. If it did, there is a possibility that persons would tend not to love. Defining an object, is to place conditions, and charity that is God, the selfless love of the Gospels, places no conditions. Charity, to be authentic love, has to be unconditional. God loves us unconditionally, Jesus asks us to love God unconditionally, and to love others persons as we love God and as we love and care for ourselves.”

*photo by Frank Gieser 

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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.