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I have ascended to the highest in me, and look! The Lord is towering above that. In my curiosity I have descended to explore my lowest depths, yet I found God even deeper. If I looked outside myself, I saw God stretching beyond the furthest I could see; and if I looked within, God was yet further within. Then I knew the truth of what I had read, "In God we live and move and have our being."  

— Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian, 12th Century


Discover the Film Essay On the Road with Thomas Merton, featuring Sisters from Redwoods Abbey

Featured News
March 10, 2019
The First Sunday of Lent

The First Sunday of Lent

Father Peter McCarthy, OCSO, Abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey is visiting us for a few days from Oregon.  Today at Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, Abbot Peter used a poem from Denise Levertov to frame his homily on the temptations of Christ and our temptations.

"Jesus comes to us through the holes in our lives, not through the filled places..."  Listen to Fr Peter's entire homily here.

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Sisters’ Stories

I ask of You this day, the grace to become a servant and to give my life here as a ransom for peace as a ransom for life. Jesus, draw me into Your joy of crucified love.

(Fr.Christophe, martyr/monk of Atlas, Algiers, quoted in How Far to Follow? Bernardo Olivera, OCSO)


From Sister Victoria Serra...

Since junior high when we studied medieval Europe I had felt drawn to monasteries. I entered an Active teaching order when I turned 18 and there became interested in the House of Prayer Movement....

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Daily Lectio
March 20, 2019

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

First Day of Spring

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 41 The Times for Community Meals
Mass: Jer 18:18-20; Resp Ps 31; Mt 20:17-28


The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.
I noticed something in Jesus' words today. The Gospel begins with Jesus going up to Jerusalem. He took the disciples aside by themselves and said: 'Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem.' We as in the Lord and the disciples, and us. Jesus is not ...

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Monastic Experience Weekend

Monastic Experience Weekend

May 16 - May 19, 2019

We make this spiritual heritage available today and invite young women (ages 18-40) to join us for this unique opportunity to experience the richness of monastic life...

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