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  OSB. The Cistercians, the Trappists and the Lay Associates. Index.
The Cistercians, the Trappists and the Lay Associates.
The Benedict XVI Institute of Cistercian Studies and Chair of Cistercian Theology and Spirituality.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly (1966-), an international review of the Christian monastic and contemplative spiritual tradition.
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  Catholic Culture : Document Library : Cistercian Order Of The Common Observance
Alberic had a great devotion to the Mother of God, and the story goes that during his abbotship she appeared to him and presented him with a white robe, intimating that this should be the habit of the monks of Citeaux, and would replace the fl robe of the Benedictines which they had hitherto worn.
Cistercian lay brothers fought against the Moors in the defense of the castle of Calatrava.
Where the Cistercians had aggrandized to their own detriment, from what paradoxically was a virtuous practice and primal Benedictine precept — to earn their daily bread by working the soil — the Franciscans and Dominicans were to win the people by begging theirs.
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 Cistercians Summary
By the end of the 12th century the Cistercian houses numbered 500; in the 13th a hundred more were added; and in the 15th, when the order attained its greatest extension, there were close on 750 houses: the larger figures sometimes given are now recognized as apocryphal.
There have always been a large number of Cistercian nuns; the first nunnery was founded at Tart in the diocese of Langres, 1125; at the period of their widest extension there are said to have been 900 nunneries, and the communities were very large.
Warehouse of the Cistercian monastery of Santa MarĂ­a de Huerta in the province of Soria.
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 Critique and Ideal, the Cistercian Renewal
Cistercian architecture eschewed decoration - Bernard was a severe critic of Cluniac ornament - for chose a severe style, typically with a square apse.
Controversy between Cistercians and Cluniacs (the "white" and the "fl" monks) was exacerbated by "conversions" from one order to the other.
By the 1120s, Cistercian writers were defending their order against the charge of conducting unfair and systematic polemic aimed at discrediting Cluny.
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Cistercian Areopagus", says the author of the "Origines Cistercienses", "with equal severity and justice kept watch over the observance of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Charter of Charity and definitions of the preceding Chapters." The collection of statutes published by Dom Martene informs us that there was no distinction of persons made.
Cistercians of the seventeenth century, whose mitigation was approved by Alexander VII in 1666.
Cistercian Congregation of Austria and Hungary was formed in 1859 by the monasteries of Austria which had escaped from the Revolution and submitted to the President General of the Order of Cîteaux.
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 Cistercians on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The particular stamp of the Cistercians stems from the abbacy (c.1109-1134) of St. Stephen Harding.
Bernard of Clairvaux is often regarded as their “second founder.” Through a return to strict asceticism and a life of poverty, the Cistercians sought to recover the ideals of the original Benedictines.
Houses of Cistercian nuns (founded beginning in the 12th cent.) have rules and customs paralleling those of the monks; they lead contemplative lives in complete seclusion from the world.
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 The Cistercians and Trappists
All Cistercians were to obey the Rule in a uniform manner in order that "an indissoluble unity may be forever maintained between abbeys." To ensure that these ideals were followed, the Carta Caritatis stipulated that each house was subject to a regular visitation by the abbot of its parent house.
Cistercian monasteries in England were the chief producers of wool in Europe.
Cistercian Martyrs of the Eucharist, Abbey of the Genesee, Trappist Monks
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 Lay Patronage of Welsh Cistercian Houses and the Influence This Had on Welsh and English Political History, 1150 - 1290   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Other acts organized by Harding were the choice of an undyed wool habit, which gave the Cistercians their nickname, "the White Monks" and the institution of "lay brothers," uneducated "worker monks" who operated the day-to-day affairs of the monastery as well as doing the manual labor.
The Cistercians came to be seen, not as political and economic colonies of a conquering power as the Bendictine priories and cells were, but as religious and spiritual houses.
As the Welsh flocked to the Cistercians, the Cistercians began to act politically for the Welsh.
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Thus the Cistercian grace, as a current in the large river of living Tradition, is an open grace which exists in the times and places that structure its history.
A Cistercian community that shows a person this approval becomes, for that person and for his or her people, a parable of the Kingdom, a parable of Jesus the Christ.
The Christ of Cistercian tradition can welcome this desire and make it his own, as he destroys the root of all evils, which is sin.
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 The Participation of Lay Faithful in the Cistercian Family
The 1996 General Chapter of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance had mentioned in a vote that they should be involved in that celebration, and they were even mentioned in the letter that the Pope wrote to the Cistercian Family on that occasion.
The early Cistercian communities, like all the monastic communities of the time, had a "familia", that is a small group of hired workers, distinct from the lay brothers, who were integrated into the community life.
Therefore, the Cistercian vocation is never the vocation to a so-called "Cistercian spirit" it is the vocation to a local community or to the Cistercian spirit as it is embodied in the life of a local community.
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 Cistercian Monastic Houses in Wales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Tintern Abbey, the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, had two distinct characteristics that set it apart from the rest of the Welsh foundations: "its associations with some of the greatest names in English feudal history and its complete lack of Welsh associations."
Whitland was founded in 1140, but did not settle in its permanent location until 1151, when the monks settled near the River Taf at Y Ty Gwyn ar Daf (the White House on the Taf).
Whitland was a daughter house of Clairvaux, and mother house or grand-mother house to the remaining seven purely Welsh Cistercian houses : Cwmhir, Strata Florida, Strata Marcella, Cymmer, Aberconway, Llantarnum, and Valle Crucis.
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Now it was from a Benedictine monastery at Molesme in France that the founding group of Cistercians came, and at the end of the eleventh century established a monastery at Citeaux in Burgundy, aiming it seems basically at a simpler way of life.
Fortunately in more recent years these men and their writings have been rediscovered and provide for the Cistercians of today, as well as for many others, a teaching on the Mysteries of Christ Jesus and his Mother Mary that is both rich and solid h content, and attractive in style.
That the Cistercians should have reached Ireland in the early twelfth century, in St Bernard's own lifetime, will probably come as a surprise to many, and the story of how it came about is a delightful one.
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 St. Bernard and the Cistercian Renewal - Class Notes
Cistercian Benedictinism: an attempt to return to the original integrity of the Rule of St. Benedict: to walk "in the straight and narrow way the Rule points out" and to reject "all those things which are contrary to the purity of the rule," (Parvum Exordium).
There was separate accommodation for the conversi, their prayers were simplified, and they attended the liturgy in the nave divided from the choir monks by a screen.
The General Chapter of the Cistercians is important as it provided medieval Europe with its first international and partly representative assembly.
www.etss.edu /hts/MAPM/notes22.htm   (1324 words)

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