Community of HermitsThe
founding Fathers of our Order were followers of a light from the east,
namely, the example of the first solitaries who had been completely
dedicated to silence and poverty of spirit. But the particular grace of
our first Fathers was to introduce into this form of life a daily
liturgy and – especially on Sundays and solemnities – an element of
fraternal, community life. This balance between solitude and life in
common enabled our Order to maintain the ideal of the eremitical life
throughout the centuries.
Sundays and SolemnitiesOn Sundays
and solemnities the community aspect of our life is more in evidence.
At the conventual mass priests may concelebrate and terce, sext and
none are sung together in church. After sext we take the noon meal
together in the refectory, eating in silence while someone reads aloud
some spiritual reading. After none we gather in chapter, after which
the fathers have common recreation until vespers. Brothers have such a
recreation two or three times monthly, otherwise that time is spent in
WalkOnce a week the fathers have a long walk
outside the monastic walls, during which we walk in alternating pairs
so that everyone may speak with each other. The brothers take such a
walk monthly, if they wish to. Other than such walks and certain
necessary reasons (i.e. doctor’s visits) we never leave the monastery.
Relatives and parents, however, may visit us each year for two
consecutive days or twice a year for one day. The telephone and
internet we do not use for personal use.
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