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September 26th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“If you want God, if you want to begin the ascent of the mountain, then you have to make a decision against self-importance. You have to remove yourself from the center-stage, see yourself as a member of a family, a community which you must serve.”
British Carmelite nun and author Ruth Burrows

September 25th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The meals of the brothers ought not to lack reading. . . Profound silence should reign there, so that the only voice heard will be that of the reader.”

Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 38: “The Weekly Reader

September 23rd: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Let Christ the power of God be your strength. Let charity influence your zeal, let knowledge give it direction, and constancy be its strength. Let your zeal be fervent and careful and unconquered. Let it not be lukewarm or lacking in discernment or fearful.”

French Cistercian Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, +1153

 

September 20th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“In the life of an individual, restraint in conversation often leaves the mind empty of potential distractions not only during the time of prayer but also while engaged in other occupations.”

Australian Trappist monk and author Father Michael Casey

September 19th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“As believers we live our time in an awareness of eternal time and must align our entire behavior to the eternal time that has been revealed to us in the Resurrection of the Son.”

Swiss Catholic physican and theologian Adrienne von Speyr, +1967

September 18th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“If the personal gift which some have received from God is turned to the common good, it is then that this gift is changed into the glory of God, and when the gift given to each one individually is possessed in common through the sharing of love, then the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is truly with us.”
Cistercian abbot then Archbishop of Canterbury, Baldwin of Forde, +1190

September 15th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“With everything that happens in our life, with our sin and deficiency, with our sluggishness and foolishness–with everything, God draws us into the heavenly world and we come in.”

Swedish Author Hjalmar Ekstrom, +1962

September 13th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“The monk does not come to the monastery to ‘get’ something which the ordinary Christian does not have. On the contrary, he comes there in order to realize and to appreciate all that any good Christian already has.”

Trappist monk Thomas Merton, +1968

September 12th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“My life is not just about myself, trying to achieve salvation, trying to upgrade my living so as to serve others better. My life is mystical participation in the life of Christ, a reality that is not mine alone, but is shared with all who are ‘in Christ.’ ”

Australian Trappist monk and author Father Michael Casey

September 11th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight. . . and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”

Letter to the Hebrews, chapter 12, verse 1

"Let everyone that comes be received as Christ."

— The Rule of St. Benedict

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