Jesus needs souls who listen to him in silence.
Saint Rafael Arnaiz

Discernment Retreat April 6th & 7th

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Our Lady of the Angels Monastery is a community of Trappist-Cistercian nuns. Our life is wholly ordered to contemplation. We journey together towards an ever closer personal union with Christ, through mutual care, a balanced life of prayer, work and study, according to our Cistercian tradition, in communion with the Church and in intercession for the world.
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I sometimes wonder why the Lord only showed himself transfigured to three of his apostles when he knew he would be seen by all disfigured and nailed to the cross (Lk 7:28-35). “The world will be saved by beauty”, wrote Dostoevsky, and Jesus’ dazzling beauty on mount Tabor must have been irresistible to the point that Peter was ready to build three tents to remain there forever. How did those two images of his Master, transfigured and disfigured, come together in Peter’s heart? How can they illumine each other in our own hearts when we see the body of Christ still disfigured by the sins of its members, still suffering in the victims of poverty, abuse and neglect?

Through the centuries many men and women abandoned everything to follow their crucified Savior who had claimed their hearts totally for himself with his irresistible beauty. Today, at our monastery of Our Lady of the Angels we follow this same call and incline the ear of our heart to the voice still coming from the cloud: “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Lk 8: 35). If you are searching for him, if you cannot hear him, if you would like his voice to be heard louder in our world, our prayer embraces yours. Listen to him!