Frequently Asked Questions
THE APOSTLE SAINT JOHN
But in every priory, there is a day of desert each week when the brothers say the religious offices individually and meals are eaten separately. Communal life is more discreet to facilitate immersion in Lectio divina (spiritual reading), solitary work, and silent prayer, according to the rhythm of each Brother.
This desert life may also be extended in special places reserved for this purpose, particularly our two “desert priories” in the Alps. One is more specifically intended for the novices who spend two months of their novitiate there, in groups of twelve. The other priory is composed of small scattered hermitages and is intended more for professed brothers.
In these deserts, the brothers can deepen their relationship with Christ. This return to the source is necessary for fruitfulness, since apart from Christ they can do nothing (cf. Jn. 15:15).
“In these deserts, which will be jealously guarded by the Community, each brother will be able to discover the secret bond which unites his heart to the hearts of Jesus and Mary, in order to always live this bond more and more .”
(Rule of Life)
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Prayer is first of all common to all men. We all belong to the same family, since we have the same Father who ” makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good ” (Mt. 5:45). As soon as they understand God a little bit, men adore Him and entrust Him with all their difficulties, desires, and their deepest callings, which are often inexpressible, like the groanings of the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:26).
Jesus Himself helps makes this clear to us when His disciples ask Him how to pray: He takes the ” Our Father “, which is a very powerful expression. Jesus doesn’t reply: say ” Father “; He says ” Our Father ” (Mt. 6:9). In other words, Jesus wants our look at God to immediately accompany His own. We cannot pray without Him, just as a small child cannot pray without the constant presence of his mother, who helps him to place himself in the presence of God. We live by this presence in intensity of faith and hope but especially in love.[/x_text]
The brothers’ life of prayer is centered around the Eucharist ” silent love of God who gives Himself to each and every one of us ” (Rule of Life), which they wish to receive in faith burning with love.
The brothers strive for a sober and beautiful liturgy in which the simple and poor presence of Christ can be revealed among us.