The Abbey of Citeaux, mother-house of the Cistercian Order, Aug 2014.
The monks are gathering at mid-day for the little office of Sext.
Citation extracted from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
“Founded in 1098 by St. Robert, Abbot of Molesme, in a deserted and uninhabited part of the Diocese of Châlons-sur Saône, today the Diocese of Dijon (Côte-d’Or, France), from which city it is four leagues distant. A small stream of water which overflowed its banks formed there a marsh covered with rushes and coarse grass called in the language of the country cistels, whence the name Cistell or Cîteaux (Latin Cistercium). Here, in a place unknown to men and hitherto inhabited only by wild beasts, St. Robert and his companions, to the number of twenty-one, placed the foundations of the Order of Cîteaux, and commenced the literal observance of the Rule of St. Benedict. St. Robert built the first monastery of the Cistercian Order, which he named Novum Monasterium (new monastery), to distinguish it from the monastery of Molesme from which he and his brethren had come. The domain in which Cîteaux was situated belonged to Raynald, Viscount of Beaune, who, with his wife Hodierna, gave it voluntarily to God and the Virgin Mary. The name of Cîteaux, which this place formerly bore, soon supplanted that of Novum Monasterium, by which it is called in the “Exordium Cisterciensis Ordinis”. The Duke of Burgundy, Eudes I, touched by the holy life of the monks of Cîteaux, encouraged the work and took upon himself the obligation of defraying all the expenses. The new monastery was inaugurated on the feast of St. Benedict, 21 March, 1098. St Robert was elected Abbot of Cîteaux, but, recalled to Molesme a year afterwards, he was succeeded by St. Alberic, who gave the monks the white habit and placed the monastery immediately under the protection of the Holy See. Under St. Alberic’s successor, St. Stephen Harding, the number of subjects was increased by the arrival of St. Bernard and his thirty companions, all young noblemen of Burgundy, and the order commenced to send out colonies. La Ferté (Fermitas), in the Diocese of Châlons (today of Autun), Pontigny (Pontiniacum) in the Diocese of Auxerre, Clairvaux (Claravallis), in the Diocese of Langres (today of Troyes), and Morimond (Morimundus), in the same Diocese of Langres, were the first four daughters of Cîteaux, which, in their turn, gave birth to many monasteries. The abbots of these houses were called the first four Fathers of the order, and the “Charter of Charity”, work of St. Stephen, conferred upon them the right of visiting the Abbey of Cîteaux.” ………
In honor of his visit to South Korea, Pope Francis was given a portrait of himself painted in traditional artistic techniques. Two copies of the portrait will also go to the Shrine of the Martyrs in Seosomun. (Source: AsiaNews)
Huge crowds greet pope at beatification of Korean martyrs
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.
The streets leading up to Seoul’s iconic Gwanghwamun Gate were packed with Koreans honoring the ordinary lay Catholics who founded the church here in the 18th century. Korea’s church is unique in that it was founded not by missionaries or priests who brought the faith to the peninsula and converted people — as occurred in most of the world — but by members of Korea’s own noble classes who learned of Christianity by reading books about it. (1,2,3)
Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans —from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. (AP)
Here’s the problem I have with Catholicism. Well not the only problem, but a major one. Why turn to a saint? Turn to Jesus! Saints are dead, but Jesus is alive and is able to help you from the right hand of God!
Here’s the problem I have with my Protestant brothers and sisters. You are missing out. Saints are not dead. They have passed on from this earthly life yes, but they are ‘fully alive’ in heaven with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And yes, we do pray to Jesus, of course we do! But have you never asked a friend to pray for you? I know that when I have a problem and ask my mother who is a faithful prayer warrior to pray for me, I can take comfort knowing that she is petitioning God on my behalf as well. There are a multitude of faithful Christians, many of whom have been martyred for their faith, all part of our Christian family, our brothers and sisters who are ready to join us in asking God to pray for us. Why would we not ask the saints to pray for us???