Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian monk, Abbot of Rievaulx (d. 1167)

Daily Lectio

Readings of the day: RB 2:16-22Mass: 1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22a; Resp. Psalm 89; Mark 2:1-12 Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Abbot, writer and historianThe encounter with God and our brothers and sisters cannot wait just because we are slow or lazy. We are called to do that encounter today!(Pope Francis, Tweet, January 12, 201
January 12, 2018 Read More

Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth, or Last, Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 48:22-25Mass: Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Resp. Psalm (Dn 3); Luke 21:12-19
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.


When I first entered monastic life, a sister said she would pray for my perseverance. No one had ever said that
November 29, 2017 Read More

Formal Reception of Sr Gertrude into the Cistercian (OCSO) Order

Chapter Talks

Today on this Solemnity of All Saints we have many things to be grateful for and to ponder.  We celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of this monastery and honor our two sisters, Godelieve and Veronique, who were part of the beginning of this monastery and continue to be faithful witnesses through their monastic calling, an inspiration for all of us.  And today also is an important moment for Redwoods as you Sr. Gertrude begin your probationary period….not a small step but one clearly of faith an
November 01, 2017 Read More

Lectio: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 3:7-13Mass: Sirach 27:30-28:7; Resp. Psalm 103: Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35
The inspiration for today’s reflection comes from a friend who writes for The Times, London, UK. For this Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, he begins, “Relationships form us. St Paul’s line, ‘The life and death of each of us has its influence on others’, is telling.” Over the past months I have been reflecting on people in my life who have influenced, or formed me over the year
September 17, 2017 Read More

Tools of Good Works

Chapter Talks

How do we build up community?  How do we build up this body of Christ that we form?  The body of Christ: this body of love, this body of forgiveness, this body of mercy…is this not what Jesus incarnated and now expects us to do the same?  How do we build up this community?  I ask this of myself and I ask it of each of you.  The ‘body of Christ’ that we are proclaims our oneness in living and embodying the gospel way.  And it means in the words of Bernard Lee, SM: that “we are
August 11, 2016 Read More
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