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


 Of Note


Cardinal Basil Hume: A Pilgrim's Search for God

Sr. Gertrude Feick of Redwoods has just published an important work, Cardinal Basil Hume: A Pilgrim's Search for God, available on Amazon.  Order today!


On the Road with Thomas Merton

Sisters from Redwoods Abbey are featured in a unique "film" essay entitled, On the Road with Thomas Merton. Enjoy!


Sr Ann Marie

Interested in Religious life? Apply for the Monastic Experience Weekend offered April 23-26 and October 1-4, 2020.  Find out more!

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Our History

From Our History...

In the fall of 1962, just as Vatican II was getting started in Rome, four sisters from the Cistercian community of Our Lady of Nazareth in Brecht, Belgium, boarded the transatlantic ocean liner "Rotterdam." The sisters, still wearing full habits and veils, were bound for Northern California to found a new Cistercian community....

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Daily Lectio

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 16 The Celebration of the Divine Office During the Day
Mass: Jam 1:19-27; Resp Ps 15; Mk 8:22-26

I see people looking like trees and walking.


Today's First Reading at Mass provides plenty of food for thought in itself. Saint James exhorts "everyone" (Jm 1:19) in his epistle. For all of us then, united, embraced, and strengthened by the mercy and love of Our Lord, may we

Be quick to hear
Slow to speak 
Slow to anger
Anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God.
Put away all filth and evil excess
Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you.
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.
Bridle your tongue.
Keep oneself unstained by the world.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Mt 5:5). Meekness can win over hearts, save friendships, and much

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