A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

Monastic Discipline - Rules

One of the things people notice first about the life of a Trappist is that we observe many rules.  This can seem odd to many today who grew up in a culture that tends to see rules as diminishing a person's freedom.  Actually, it has been the experience of monks and nuns for centuries that the well ordered life preserved by observing certain rules can result in the experience of an amazing interior freedom and happiness.  Featured below are answers to questions you might have about the rules we observe in our Trappist monasteries.

Why are there so many rules in a monastery?
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Who makes the rules?
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What happens if a Trappist breaks the rules of the monastery?
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