Friday, June 8, 2012


The tender simplicity of this sixth century Egyptian icon of Jesus with the martyr Abba Menas  reminds us of these words from our Constitutions:                                                                         

The organisation of the monastery is directed to bringing the monks into close union with Christ, since it is only through the experience of personal love for the Lord Jesus that the specific gifts of the Cistercian vocation can flower. Only if the brothers prefer nothing whatever to Christ will they be happy to persevere in a life that is ordinary, obscure and laborious. And may he lead them all together into eternal life.