The Monastic Life

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With the Mass (the Holy Eucharist) as the center and source of our lives, and the daily common singing of the Divine Office seven times a day we praise God and offer prayers of ...

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The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance respects the spirit of the founders and the value of manual labor which includes working by the sweat of your brow. For us, ...

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (sacred reading) is a dialogue with God through God’s Word; this reading is oriented to contemplative prayer. By pondering on the Word of God with a quiet mind ...

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Fellowship with one another

We were brought together in this community by God's free choice. The Rule of St. Benedict that we follow teaches that the monastic life is a journey on the road to the return to God. We do not ...

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Separation from the world

Having chosen a way of life in which nothing is preferred to the love of Christ, we live a life that is separated from the ways of the world. One of the main values of the monastic life in our ...

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"All guests to the monastery are to be welcomed as Christ." (Rule of St. Benedict, Chap. 53) The peace and hope we receive from Christ is shared with those who visit the monastery.

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In every age there have always been people who chose this special way of following Christ in response to the heavenly Father's invitation and at the prompting of the ...