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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: March 30, 2017

Avarice says: you will have a lengthy old age, won't be able to work, a famine is coming, sickness awaits, the pinch of poverty and suffer shame from accepting necessities from others. All these are lies.
Do you think before you grab?

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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Lent as a time for conversion

          Without trying to make of the Christian life a cult of suffering for its own sake, we must frankly admit that self-denial and sacrifice are absolutely essential to the life of prayer.

          If the life of prayer is to transform our spirit and make us "new men" in Christ, then prayer must be accompanied by "con­version," metanoia, that deep change of heart in which we die on a certain level of our being in order to find ourselves alive and free on another, more spiritual level. . . .

Thomas Merton, The Climate of Monastic Prayer

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