Visitor's Questions

An encounter with the age-old hidden life of monks and nuns can awaken a variety of responses in those formed by contemporary American culture. Cistercian monks and nuns recognize this and are happy to answer questions put to us by visitors to our monasteries. We welcome any questions you might have and our responses are offered as an expression of monastic hospitality. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your questions.

Is it a Grace from God to answer the call of God to your order?

Is it a Grace from God to answer the call of God to your order? And If so How do you discern your call? How do you Learn the Good and Evil Spirits in one's life.

Are goods usually assigned to the monastery/community one is joining?

"Before taking vows, a monk or nun must assign the administration of his or her goods to someone else" Are goods usually assigned to the monastery/community one is joining? What typically happens?

How come your order follows the Rule of St. Benedict?

I have been discerning monastic life for almost my entire life, I first went to a monastery when I was three but didn't get the true call to the life until I was twenty seven. I then went to a Benedictine monastery and thought it was good but not "strict enough", so I decided to see the Trappists. So now my question is; how come your order follows the Rule of St. Benedict and not Rance or mabye even the Cistercian Fathers or any Cistercian in history? It seems to me that the Church already has an order that follows the Rule and they're the Benedictines.

If Jesus Christ initiated and or became a member of your Order of Cistercians, how could or would his followers and we be saved?

If Jesus Christ initiated and or became a member of your Order of Cistercians, how could or would his followers and we be saved? I find this order to be "out of order"  If one lights a candle, is it right to cover the light?  You may cause a fire.  You may darken the room and people could trip and fall. Your order seems to encouraged a life of hermitage.

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