Pope urges Trappists to share their silence, simplicity

(CNS) The great simplicity of life embraced by Trappist monks and nuns and their attentive practice of long periods of absolute silence are gifts the world needs today, Pope Francis said.

“Be witnesses of assiduous prayer, of sobriety, of unity in charity,” the pope said Sept. 23 during a meeting at the Vatican with about 230 Trappist abbots, abbesses and other religious attending the order’s general chapter meeting Sept. 6-27 in Assisi.

The Trappists’ “great sobriety of life,” he said, always was seen by members as a tool to help them focus on what was essential and an aid for “reaching more easily the joy of the spousal encounter with Christ.” [More]