The Three Covenants
The members of the Community of Saint John want to live the evangelical counsels rooted in the three covenants revealed in the Gospel of Saint John:
The Covenant with Jesus in the Eucharist
Who is the source of unity between silent adoration and the liturgical office.
John rested his head upon Jesus’ heart at the last supper (John 13:23). The community is called to live in this same intimacy with Jesus in the Eucharist and in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Therefore the celebration of the monastic liturgy is lightened because of the demands of apostolic life and so that more time be given to silent prayer.
The Covenant with Mary
Mother and guardian of the growth of faith, hope, and love.
Faith, hope and love are the divine milieu of the contemplative life. The covenant with Mary, the guardian of this, is the foundation of the fraternal charity lived in communal life.
The Covenant with Peter
In the person of the Pope our Holy Father
A covenant of filial obedience to the successor of Peter and to the Bishops, to live faithfully and profoundly by the Church’s living Tradition.
Consecration to the Blessed Trinity can only be realised fully through the sacrifice of Christ, the High Priest, who offers Himself as a sacrifice of love to the Father. For this reason each member of the community wants to live a life flowing out from the priesthood of Christ. This priesthood, which is the most precious gift given by Christ to His Church, is brought to completion (cf. Col. 1:24) in the royal priesthood of the faithful and in the ministerial priesthood.
That is why each one desires, following Saint John’s example and joining with him, to follow Jesus in a fully evangelical life; even to the cross, where He accomplishes His priestly work as Beloved Son. When Jesus accepted to be crucified He glorified His Father and revealed His Father’s infinite love and compassion for all of us sinners. On the cross, Jesus truly taught the meaning of “adoration in spirit and in truth” (John 4) and brotherly charity up to death.
In order that brothers’ entire life be offered in the light of “consecration in the truth” which Jesus asks the Father for his apostles (Jn. 17:17-19), in order to place their whole intelligence at the service of love like John, and in order to be faithful witnesses and completely at the service of the church, each brother receives a formation of the intelligence. This humble search for the truth – the purifying of the intelligence and the imagination – cooperates in the purification of the heart, which is the work of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. This purification is necessary so that love may be more free, and so that the attraction of Jesus has a greater manifestation in the brothers – he who does what is true comes to the light” (Jn. 3:21).
In order to allow the “opening to the world” desired by the Second Vatican Council, this formation includes a philosophical search on what man is, his finality, and his aspirations. This formation does not neglect the problems, with which the christian is confronted, of a world submitted to all sorts of ideologies. These are often atheistic in nature and disfigure God’s image in man by preventing his intelligence from being at the service of love. This philosophical study is in itself at the service of theological formation nourished by knowledge of the Word of God. This is in accordance with the Church’s tradition and through the Fathers and Saint Thomas Aquinas, with a view to communicating the mystery of Christ-Saviour in its fullness. Thus, each member of the Community seeks to respond to Christ’s mission to “present the patrimony of the faith to men of our time… in an understandable and persuasive fashion” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 3).
The Community founded the School of Saint John in order to help the brothers and sisters and all who desire to seek and deepen the three wisdoms (philosophical, theological, and mystical).