Br. Christopher continues our series on the question “What is one thing you have learned in the monastery?”
Br. Luis concludes our series on ‘One Thing I Learned in the Monastery’: “One of the coolest things that I’ve learned in the monastery is how to drive a tractor. Over my years here, I’ve become a farmer, and tractors have become nearly a daily part of my life here in the monastery. I’m from the city, so I never imagined myself acquiring these kinds of skills.
Father Placid continues our series on ‘What is One Thing you have Learned in the Monastery?’ “The one thing I have learned in the monastery is how to track my thoughts: this has been the staple of what is the day-to-day normal practice of the monk, starting with the monastic tradition of the Monks of the Egyptian Desert. I have learned to deal often with thoughts that are emotive in character in reacting to situations. These thoughts or ‘adverse impressions’ can arise from a situation that reminds me of a similar one from the past. They are usually negative and have adverse effects on my
A monk of New Clairvaux comments on The Spirit of Mary: “Cistercians are known for devotion to Mary. They know that of all human persons Our Lady most completely corresponded with the Spirit of Her Son. As our Constitutions state, “Each community of the Order and all the monks are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Symbol of the Church in the order of faith, love and perfect union with Christ” (Const.
Fr. Thomas continues our series on What is one thing I have learned in the monastery? "As I celebrate seventy years of living in a monastery, the one thing I’ve selected comes from Saint Benedict’s Rule, Chapter 7 on Humility. Establishing himself on the Gospel of Luke 14:11 – persons who exalt themselves shall be humbled, and those who humble themselves shall be exalted – Benedict defines humility as the antithesis of pride, which he describes as self-exaltation.
Devotion to St. Joseph was late in coming in the Church: for many centuries he was largely overlooked, a somewhat functionary figure in the background of Gospel story. More attention was given to more dazzling figures, like the Apostles and St. Paul, great preachers of the Word and to the martyrs, who testified by the public shedding of their blood. But now in naming this year ‘The Year of St. Joseph’ I think the Church wants to shine forth for all something different: the sanctity of ordinariness, and perhaps as well the ordinariness of sanctity. The greatness of our St.
We begin a new series in which the some of the brothers answer the question, “What is One Thing you have Learned in the Monastery?” Abbot Paul Mark gets us started: “It is not uncommon for me to be asked what it is I have learned in the monastery these past 41 years within the walls of this Trappist-Cistercian monastery.
A monk of New Clairvaux comments on Divine Mercy Sunday: "Today we celebrate the final day and conclusion of the Easter Octave with Divine Mercy Sunday. It is truly the conclusion, because this is, in fact, the whole reason for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus: so that He could pour out His Divine Mercy on us and draw us back into the unity and love of His Most Compassionate Heart.
A monk of New Clairvaux shares a Lenten reflection on the Little Things: “Usually we focus our attention (or fears!) on the big crosses and sacrifices of life that we can offer up to God, things like a serious illness, relationship problems, financial crisis, or the like. I want to say that there are tremendous, transforming graces available to us every day in the LITTLE trials that life continually offers us, things that are not at all big in themselves, things as mundane and ordinary as misplacing ones wallet, being caught in a traffic jam, and a million other annoyances and minor fru
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 reach in a few minutes is my hometown.