Or Best Teacher

Or Best Teacher

Br. Luis presents on one of our best teachers: “One of my best teachers in the monastery as of late has been one of our venerable seniors, Father Lawrence, who suffers from a severely aged body and rapidly progressing dementia.  Fr. Lawrence, who is mostly bedridden, enjoys an occasional ride in his wheelchair just to get some fresh air.  On a recent occasion, we rolled down a road near Deer Creek, which is lined with beautiful, soaring pine trees.  As I pushed and scanned the heights of the trees, I suddenly heard a gleeful exclamation and command, “Look, look!”  Father Lawrence, full of child-like delight, was pointing at grey squirrels that hopped, twitched, and nibbled around us.  “Look there and there,” Father insisted.  And I did.  Everywhere I looked, squirrels seemed to appear spontaneously.  It was actually rather creepy.  Whereas I had not really noticed many squirrels during my walk with Fr. Lawrence, now I was being overwhelmed by myriad little grey creatures coming out of the woods as if on cue to greet us. As Fr. Lawrence and I rolled back to his room, I thanked him for teaching me that looking is the first step to seeing.  Whether it’s a grey squirrel or heavenly blessings, Fr. Lawrence helped me understand that you’ll see a whole lot of what you begin to look for. “

Advent blessings,
 your brothers of New Clairvaux 

#wonder #mindfulness #squirrels #delight #trappists #monks #stroll




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.