Baptism and Trinity

Baptism and Trinity

Br. William shares on the Grace of Baptism and the Trinity: “Springs of water were made holy as Christ revealed his glory to the world. Draw water from the fountain of the Savior, for Christ our God has hallowed all Creation.”
The above antiphon at Lauds used with reference to Ezekiel, chapter 36, on the regeneration of the land and the regeneration (rebirth) of the people.

At our Baptism God makes the individual spiritually alive, to new life that is rebirth, and becomes a new creature bearing the image of God. We are thus equal in the eyes of God in whatever nationality or race we were born. We are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ to do good as He planned for us. Our vocation and life long journey is to live in mutuality, which is to live in faith and hope and for mutual benefits, being caring and considering the needs of others.  Thus living in joy.  To quote Julian of Norwich, “the fullness of Joy is to see God in everything“; and may I add, to see God in everyone.

When the Lord was baptized, the Spirit came down like a dove to rest on him. A voice came from heaven, saying “This is my beloved Son, with him I am well pleased. This brings us to the doctrine of the Trinity. We are all baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Our Cistercian Father St. Bernard sees the relationship of the Father and the Son as the Divine Kiss. The Father kisses the Son, and the Holy Spirit is the Kiss itself, the breath that is shared when Father kisses the Son.
And here is one more quote which I find fascinating from the German Catholic theologian Meister Eckhart, “the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father; that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy and love, and that love is the Holy Spirit.”

God bless you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux

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Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.


Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.