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What is Trappist Monasticism? (Pt3)

January 15, 2008

 

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The monastery is a school of charity – love – where Christ is formed in the hearts of the brothers through the liturgy, the abbot’s teaching and the fraternal way of life. Through God’s Word the monks are trained in a discipline of heart and action to be responsive to the Holy Spirit and so attain purity of heart and a continual mindfulness of God’s presence.

Notes:

1.“The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own false self, and enter by love into union with the Life Who dwells and sings within the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls.” –Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

2. “Love seeks no justification outside itself. Love is sufficient to itself, is pleasing in itself and for its own sake. Love is its own merit and its own reward. Love seeks no cause outside itself and no results other than itself. The fruit of love is love.” St. Bernard

3. ” Love is the consummation of the law.” –Romans 13,10.

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