Benedictine/Cistercian monasteries are palaces where the glory of God shines out.
Monks are called to seek and abide in the love of God through the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy and the singing and reciting of the Office.
Humility is fundamental to monastic life. Humility makes our communities the throne of God.
St. Benedict invites us to build a community in which we are liberated from rivalry, competition, and power struggles.
This implies a profound challenge to the modern cult of self.
The Cistercians, a reformed Benedictine movement of which we belong, developed a profound spirituality based on solid theological anthropology such as knowledge of self in community, love and mystical contemplation.
Indeed the Rule offers each person a direct path to Gospel perfection, through a careful balance between the traditional monastic observance and our contemporary culture. Catholics and Protestants have benefited from the teachings of St. Benedict.