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We are the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, also known as "Trappists" or "Trappistines". We encourage you to explore our lives by exploring these pages, especially our "Newcomer's Guide." If you are interested in becoming a Cistercian monk or nun, your will find helpful information here: Steps to Becoming a Monk or Nun and links to all of our monasteries. Please enjoy exploring this site! Learn more about us →

 

Daily Reflection: January 29, 2015

It is possible to live in the midst of the crowds and still be solitary, just as it is possible to live as a solitary while one's thoughts are with the crowd.
Who are you keeping company with in your thoughts today?

Monastic Wisdom

One of the Fathers Said

Just as it is impossible to see your face in troubled water, so also the soul, unless it is clear of alien thoughts, is not able to pray to God in contemplation.

The Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

An Excellent Introduction to the Trappists for Young People!

Get the basics concerning a beautiful and distinctive sixteen hundred year old monastic tradition still lived by monks and nuns in the U.S. Today.

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A child is born for us!

It is good for us to learn anew each year to receive God appearing as a very little child. Far from being a sentimental or a secondary aspect of God’s manifestation, the appearance of the very little “God-with-us” reveals an essential requirement of the way in which God takes care to make us capable of receiving him. - - René Voillaume

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