Dwelling at One

“. . .always seek what is good for each other and for all. Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
 (1 Thes. 5:16f)

The first purpose for which we come together in a monastery is to live in unity in the house of the Lord so that we may love the Lord above all things, then our neighbor as ourselves.

“The monastery is the prophetic place where creation becomes praise of God and the precept of concretely lived charity becomes the ideal of human coexistence; it is where the human being seeks God without limitation or impediment. . . .” (Pope John Paul II: “The Light of the East”, no.9)

The charism of our vocation is the enclosed, contemplative, monastic life. Living in solitude, seclusion, and with the help of brother monks, we strive to reach the perfection of the contemplative life, as exemplified by our holy father St. Maron, and our holy monastic patrons.

Solitude, silence, prayer and fraternal life provide a living testimony to the effective and transforming love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Most Holy Trinity Monastery, with its spacious grounds situated in the center of Massachusetts, in a quiet area of a quiet town, stands as a conspicuous witness to the power of a life hidden in Christ.

“Precisely in gradual detachment from those worldly things which stand on the way of communion with his Lord, the monk finds the world a place where the beauty of the Creator and the love of the Redeemer are reflected. In his prayers the monk utters [a petition that the Holy Spirit come and overshadow] the world and is certain that he will be heard, for this is a sharing in Christ’s own prayer. Thus he feels rising within himself a deep love for humanity, that love which Eastern prayer so often celebrates as an attribute of God, the friend of men who did not hesitate to offer his Son so that the world might be saved.” (Pope John Paul II: “The Light of the East”, no. 14)

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