What is Trappist Monasticism? (Pt10)

January 15, 2008



When a monk chooses to enter a monastery, it is a commitment to solitude and a letting go of society. However, a monk also agrees to become part of a community, living together and sharing all the tasks and responsibilities of daily life. Hospitality is equally a strong component of the monastic life. Providing a retreat atmosphere for individuals and groups is an important gift to the world outside the cloister walls.


1. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” –Psalm 133

2. “The monk is one who is separated from all and united to all.” –Evagrius, 4th Century

3. “Let all guests be received as Christ” Rule of St. Benedict.

“House full of delight,
built upon rock
And indeed the true vine
Transplanted from Egypt.”

– Antiphoner of Bangor