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Trapists

  1. 1. The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance   O.C.S.O Trappists
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>It is a Roman Catholic religious order of contemplative monks who follow the Rule of St. Benedict. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>The order takes the name of &quot;Trappist&quot; from La Trappe Abbey or La Grande Trappe in Normandy in France. </li></ul><ul><li>A reform movement began there in 1664  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Monastic life <ul><li>It is guided by the Rule of St. Benedict, it describes ideals and values of a monastic life. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Strict Observance&quot; refers to the Trappists' goal to follow closely St. Benedict's Rule, and take the three vows described in his Rule: stability, fidelity to monastic life, and obedience. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Silence has some importance in their way of life. </li></ul><ul><li>However, contrary to popular belief, they do not take a vow of silence. Trappist monks will generally only speak when necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>  In the past, a Trappist Sign Language, was developed to dissuade speaking. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Goods for sale <ul><li>According to the Rule of St. Benedict states &quot;for then are they monks in truth, if they live by the work of their hands&quot;. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Most Trappist monasteries produce goods which are sold to provide income for the monastery. </li></ul><ul><li>The goods produced range from cheese, bread and other foodstuffs to clothing and coffins. As the order does not require abstention from alcohol, some monasteries produce and sell alcoholic beverages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some requirements for those who desire to enter the monastery <ul><li>A single male </li></ul><ul><li>Baptized a Catholic for at least three year </li></ul><ul><li>Zealously living the Christian life. </li></ul><ul><li>He must obtain the recommendation of his parish priest and the consent of his parents to enter.  </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>willing to live his entire life as a celibate person </li></ul><ul><li>He must not have any family  dependent </li></ul><ul><li>As a member, he will not be able to have personal possessions.  </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to good physical and mental health </li></ul>

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