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
As I look back over the series of Ordo’s* that marked this Advent and Christmas Season, I am amazed at the wealth and depth of the liturgical seasons. This is a unique grace of living in a
monastery and one that is not as readily available in the busy world outside the monastery. In the monastery, we live the life of Christ in the liturgy. We long for his presence in Advent,
If you step inside a monastery or view a monastic choir, one thing that may strike you is that we do a lot of bowing. What is this bow all about? We bow when entering the Church, during the
liturgy, and to each other and to guests. Bowing becomes part of our custom and way of life. It is a way of giving respect and honor to the other - a letting go of my own self
importance. Like the sign of the cross, the bow is a body prayer.
As I bow, I am reminded of the earth and my own littleness
Today we celebrate Benedictine saints. As Cistercians we include
our saints as well, the famous ones like St Bernard and the many unknown holy monks and nuns who have lived their monastic life in fidelity and love. At Lauds (Morning Praise) this morning,
we read the following proclamation from the Rule of St Benedict:
As we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on
These nuts are simply wonderful. Sweet and spicy. They will be a welcome addition to any holiday buffet. This recipe was developed especially for Honeycooks by Bob, a friend of the monastery and
a retired caterer.
1.c Original creamed honey
¼ c sugar
1 tsp ground chipolte chiles (or powder)
2 c pecan halves
course kosher salt
• In a heavy frying pan, bring honey sugar & chipolte to a boil (med-high), stirring until sugar dissolves.