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Daily Reflection: October 21, 2014

An old monk taught: “Meekness is an immovable state of the soul which remains unaffected, whether in evil report or in good report, in dishonor or in praise.”
What if you could walk through the world with an immovable state of soul?

Monastic Wisdom

One of the Fathers Said

Just as it is impossible to see your face in troubled water, so also the soul, unless it is clear of alien thoughts, is not able to pray to God in contemplation.

The Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

An Excellent Introduction to the Trappists for Young People!

Get the basics concerning a beautiful and distinctive sixteen hundred year old monastic tradition still lived by monks and nuns in the U.S. Today.

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Holy Cross

News from Holy Cross Abbey includes this:

15 September, 2014. Today’s “Word” isn’t literally from the Abbot–at least not Abbot Robert Barnes. But it is from an Abbot, Eamon Fitzgerald, the Abbot General of our Order. In his opening address to the Superiors of the Order gathered at Assisi, he talked about the fragility of the Order. The themes are familiar: ageing communities, shrinking numbers, fewer new members, financial instability. It is a poignant context for our own efforts to ‘refound’ our monastic community in Berryville, Virginia. Below you will find a some excerpts from his address where he considers what our communities identify as determining issues and our reactions to them.

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