Feast of our Cistercian Founders, Sts. Robert, Alberic and Stephen

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One of the major factors motivating Robert, Alberic & Stephen and their companions to leave their monastery of Molesme and begin New Monastery in the wilderness of Citeaux is recorded in the Exordium Parvum, an ancient text documenting the history of our Order’s beginnings.  The intention of the first monks is described in this document as desiring “to adhere henceforth

February 22, 2014 Read More

Baptized into Christ

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‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt..).  This encounter between Jesus and his Abba is at once revelatory and foundational for framing who Jesus is and his ministry.  Jesus is God’s beloved Son, the manifested fullness of God’s love.  Whatever Jesus does in his ministry reflects back to this defining moment and exchange of Love, a Love that is transfor
January 26, 2014 Read More

Christmas Eve

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Into what is this Child to be born?  ‘A great light shall rise in the midst of those who walk in darkness…’  ‘For those who dwell in gloom a light has shone,’ we hear from Isaiah.  A rose blooming in the midst of winter we chant from a Christmas hymn.  Into the “undefended heart” writes the poet Rilke.  And the Sisters of St. Clare in their Christmas mes
January 02, 2014 Read More

Flesh of Our Flesh... The Who of Advent

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Bernard of Clairvaux in his First Sermon of Advent jumps immediately into the meaning of Advent by asking us to ponder: “Who it is Who comes, whence He comes, and whither, why He comes and when and by what way” (On the Christian Year, p.13).  To repeat: Bernard’s first sermon reflects on ‘Who is coming’, from what place or source He comes, to where He comes, why He is coming, an
December 13, 2013 Read More

Surrender into Advent

Chapter Talks

‘The God who is, who was and is to come’: this prayer that we chant at every office encompasses what Advent is about.  We know God is with us right now; the God who was: we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus in history; and as well the God who is coming again into our hearts and in our midst.  This is the amazing gift of the Incarnation: we celebrate this gift that hap
December 04, 2013 Read More
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