Illuminated manuscript - Wikipedia In the strictest definition of illuminated manuscript, only manuscripts with gold or silver, like this miniature of Christ in Majesty from the Aberdeen Bestiary (folio
As part of the monastic life, Cistercians have a reputation for being very silent. They only speak for several reasons, including communication in community, spiritual exchange with others, and during special occasions. Their reason for ongoing silence is to give more time for continual prayer.
Enjoy self-sufficiency! Because of our isolation we do everything for ourselves. So the Lord has blessed us with minds for innovation. We are returning to the simple, solitary lives that St. Benedict lai out for us.
Many Cistercian abbeys made donations to the needy. Fountains, a well known Cistercian abbey founded by Abbot Richard, provided food to a very hungry pilgrim in need, despite not having very much themselves. Many Cistercian monasteries were incredibly nice to their guests and made sure to provide for them. Hospitality was common.