A Whole World of Joy

A Whole World of Joy

Br. Christopher offers a reflection on the Little Things, part two:  "As human beings we are limited, able to perceive and receive experience sequentially, one experience at a time.  God, Our Father, is UN-limited, knowing completely, minutely, and personally EVERY THING, ALL the Time.  This is because God is Completely Present, capable of complete attention to each thing as if it were the only thing he created. Reflect that God knows personally and intimately EVERY single blade of grass, every leaf on every tree, every drop of rain that ever fell.  It boggles the mind, is beyond the grasp of our comprehension.  

Not only does God know each one, but DELIGHTS in each one, with an inexpressible Joy.  Doubtless, God could talk your ear off about each ant in the whole world.  For Him, everything is beloved, new, unique, fascinating!  And why not?  After all, what does God see when he looks at His treasured and beloved works?  Is it not Himself, His own Beauty, creativity, and divine life, reflected in all things?  Who would not delight in that?  We are invited (!) to participate in this Joy, to the extent that we can in our limitedness, to the extent that we: 1) care, 2) notice, 3) delight.  Are we too busy ‘doing things’ to notice?  If we take the time to notice, we have a whole world of joy before us."

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.