Tag Archives : Cistercians

St. Bernard and Thomas Merton on Simplicity & the True Aim of Life


“…our chief, in fact our only task, is to get rid of the ‘double’ garment, the overlaying layer of duplicity that is not ourselves.”  –Thomas Merton on finding our true self. Today is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux.  Bernard was one of the most prominent figures in the high middle ages in Europe and had a profound influence…

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Gregorian Chant & 80s New Wave


I came across some wonderful Gregorian Chant from the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria on Spotify today.  You can check them out on Spotify here.  The chant is beautiful, but what really caught my eye was the album cover of their popular Chant Music for the Soul.  It bears a striking resembelance to another similar favorite album of mine: Songs to…

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