Fr. Thomas speaks on how we can experience the Trinity in our daily life: “In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, will speak what he hears and declare it to us. ‘Everything that the Father has is mine; for that reason, I told you that the Holy Spirit will take from what is mine and declare it to you.’ (Jn. 16:15)
Fr. Paul Mark on the coming summer celebrations: "The liturgical season of Easter concluded with the solemnity of Pentecost, AKA the nativity of the church. The day after Pentecost we celebrate Mary, Mother of the Church which inaugurates the return to Ordinary Time that began after the Baptism of the Lord but interrupted by the Lenten and Paschal seasons. Numerous solemnities, the Church’s major liturgical celebrations, follow in succession in the month of June: Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi Sunday, the Sacred Heart, the Nativity of St.
Fr. Placid talks to us about a singular monk: “In Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's Steps of Humility and the Degrees of Pride, the fifth degree of Pride is called ‘singularity’. It is the opposite of the eighth step of Humility: "a monk does only what is endorsed by the common rule of the monastery and the example set by his superiors." (RB 7:45). He is presenting singularity as the opposite of this step.
A May sharing by Father Paul Mark Schwan: "The month of May has arrived. Memories from childhood flood my mind of the close of the school year, a flurry of outdoor activities to clean flowerbeds, prepare the vegetable garden for planting, work the fields, plant the crops, and watch the cows as they calved. I also remember the annual May crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the parish church. This was done with great pomp on Mother’s Day, a special feat and privilege for the president of the Sodality of Mary. I remember the president, a high school girl, dressed in her ve
There is an intimate connection between the Divine Mercy devotion and Image and the Mercy Sunday Gospel reading (Jn 20:19-21). In the Mercy Image, Jesus is pictured as standing in front of a locked door. In the Gospel we also heard that “on the evening of that first day of the week, the doors were locked where the disciples were gathered”. The disciples had run away and abandoned Jesus when He was arrested in the garden and are still hiding, cowering in fear. We are like them.
From the Latin Hymn 'Vexilla Regis Prodeunt', which we sing at Vespers during Holy Week:
Hail, holy altar, victim hail,
for all the glory of that cross;
by which Life chose and welcomed death,
and dying gave us life once more.
Hail, Holy Cross, our only hope,
wash all our guilt and crimes away;
increase our grace while we adore,
the mystery of Passiontide.
All blessings as we enter into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Redeemer King,
Your brothers of New Clairvaux
Brother Christopher shares on Joyful Penitence: “One of the ways the Constitution of our Order describes our Trappist-Cistercian life is one of “joyful penitence”. Usually people do not immediately associate penance with joy! Penance, self-denial, and mortifications may be more readily associated with sorrow and pain and seen as a burden to be avoided, or at best, a duty to be endured. Certainly sorrow for sin, what the monastic tradition calls ‘Penthos’, a sorrow leading to Compunction of Heart, is an essential element. However, another element of the practice of penance is truly JOY.
As we continue Lent, I would like once again to share with you one of my favorite stories on forgiveness— An older man was sitting comfortably in the commuter train quietly reading his morning newspaper when he felt a sudden tap on his shoulder, and turned to see a young man who had gently scooted into the vacant seat beside him. “Pardon me, sir,” said the young man shyly, “I’m sorry to disturb you, but may I ask you for a favor? You see, the next stop of this train that we will be reaching in a few minutes is my hometown.
A sharing from Fr. Thomas on a form of monastic meditation very appropriate for Lent: "Back in 1952 as a novice in the Abbey of Gethsemani, I first came to hear of the monastic bishop, Isaac of Nineveh (c 613 – c 700). Since then, I’ve dipped into Isaac from time to time. He speaks of two forms of meditation. One is simply reflecting on any aspect of the life of Christ. He refers to aspects of the life of Christ as mysteries. That the Second Person of the Holy Trinity should take on a human nature and go to the extent of a passion and death on the cross is, indeed, a mystery.
A message of Importance from Br. Christopher: “Do not put a limit on the importance of each little act, each little prayer. We have the temptation to succumb to a human way of thinking about prayer: that a little cause equals a little effect. However in prayer this is not true. The effect is measured rather by the One we pray to: Unlimited Grace! Each little prayer is like putting a little hole in a dam, but behind the dam is the full power of the overflowing ocean of grace that will burst through!