God's Love Heals and Transforms

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The theme of Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year is ‘conversion’.  Right at the beginning of his ‘Lenten Message’ he states that the ‘paschal mystery is the basis of conversion.’  Indeed, the backdrop of our Lenten journey is the death and resurrection of Jesus.  This event states that ‘now is the time of grace, now is the day of our salvation’. This grace, available now, happens each time we turn from what is not life, and turn towards God….Conversion is a turning from and turning toward: this inner dynamic is a dying or a letting go for life, for God’s love to heal and transform.  An authentic conversion is an “inward transformation” (p.233).

March 01, 2020 Read More

LA RECongress 2020

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See you at Anaheim! Trappist West: Monks and Nuns - Anaheim Convention Center - February 21 -23, 2020.  

February 17, 2020 Read More

A Gift from the our Brothers

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Abbot Paul Mark and Fr. Stephen arrived from New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, California, bringing gifts.  They made the 5 hour trip hauling a squirrel (not the animal, but a machine).  It will be used at Redwoods for building maintenance on those high hard to reach gutters as well as for pruning fruit trees.

January 30, 2020 Read More

The Founders of Our Order, Sts. Robert, Alberic and Stephen

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What was the larger horizon that guided our founders decision to leave their monastery of Molesme to the wilderness of Citeaux?  It seems to me that if we can tease out what were the motivating factors in the discernment of our founders to leave Molesme, it will help us, as well, to be sure that we are faithful to this larger vision of what Cistercian – Benedictine life is to be about in its essence.

January 26, 2020 Read More

Epiphany - A Light that Shines in the Darkness

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‘To walk as Jesus walked’ (1Jn 2:6) is to live the incarnate reality.  These holy days of Christmas and now Epiphany all emphasize God’s incarnate gift in Christ to and for us, and for our world.  The importance of these days is to imprint upon our memories (so that we will not forget) that God is always coming, always bidding to become a part of our lives, of our hearts, of our choices, of how we love.

January 06, 2020 Read More
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