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Once a year we each take a private retreat. This is a time of solitude and silence which we greatly appreciate. I just had my retreat. I like taking my retreat in May because it is usually so beautiful and full of life. Sometimes when I am walking around outside I think to myself "I live in paradise". Also I like to get my flower garden cleaned up and planted. We are usually still in the Easter season so the theme of finding Jesus in the garden is very much in my mind. I find it so easy to pray when I am gardening. Nothing frees my mind up as does weeding. It is a week of total silence.
Cistercian nuns do not ordinarily keep diaries of daily events, nor do they usually publish them on the Internet. However, some nuns keep personal journals where they record significant events in their spiritual journey from day to day.
The following are a number of journal selections by a sister which give us some insight into the path she has chosen to walk with Christ.
Our website intends to answer the needs of men and women discerning a call from God to a be a Trappist monk or nun. If what you see and read here awakens in you a desire to follow Christ in the silence and solitude of a Trappist monastery, know that this is God working in your heart in response to our prayers. Please contact us and be assured that we are ready to offer you our love and assistance in your discernment process.