Throwback Thursday in anticipation of December 8th, 2015, the Immaculate Conception, which will mark my silver jubilee as a monk. Deo gratias! I received the Cistercian habit on a snowy December 8th at L’Abbaye Notre Dame d’Hauterive, Switzerland. (J’ai reçu le nom Benoît.) It has been a magnificent adventure every step of the way! Eventually, one learns—or fancies one learns—the importance of relying on oodles of grace … and how to be as innocent as a dove yet as cunning as a serpent!