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

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

2015 Monastic Experience Weekend at Redwoods Monastery

Daily Lectio

If you are interested in monastic life or want to deepen your life of prayer and you are a woman between the ages of 20 and 40, inquire about Redwoods Monastic Experience Weekend, May 28 -31, 2015.




Here's what others have said about their experience:
To be given the chance to step into the life here. For me it was really valuable to experience for myself how a life

May 15, 2015 Read More

Of Gods and Men

Daily Lectio

Fifteen years ago on March 26, 1996, our brothers at the Trappist Abbey of Tibhirine in Algeria were kidnapped.  Two months later, on May 21st, they were killed, caught in the deadly strife between terrorist forces and the Algerian army.  Of Gods and Men tells their story - their interior struggles as well as their love of the Algerian people. The movie portrays our brothers as the ordi

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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
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