As participants in the life of God who is love and who is the mystical exmplar
of personal relations, the Brothers are brought together in Christ's name.
They delight in his presence as this unity is strengthened by his
prayer to the Father: "May they be one in us". (Constitutions, # 34)
Each fraternity strives to become an evangelical community, witnessing to the
already present Kingdom, where charity breaks down barriers, reconciles all men,
sons of the same Father
and brothers of Jesus Christ, who calls them together in one body.
(Constitutions, # 35)
The Brothers' religious consecration creates a closer intimacy with the Lord
present in the midst of the community. Chastity amplifies the capacity to love,
while religious poverty makes one share his temporal goods, place his talents
in the service of others, and submit to the universal law of work. Obedience
involves dependence on others and community discernment of God's will.
(Directory, # 62)
"As religious in the service of the Church, the Brothers are, by vocation,
men of prayer." (Constitutions, # 42)
To avoid becoming too engrossed in his many tasks, the Brother reserves
certain times for prayer, which he needs to stay united with Christ in his daily
occupations. (Directory, # 94b)
Accepting inevitable tensions, the Brother assures his fidelity through an
ever-closer union with Christ, the source of his being and the goal of his
existence. (Directory, # 94d)
Each day, if at all possible, the Brothers participate in the Eucharistic
celebration, during which they love to receive the Sacred Body of Christ.
The Eucharist, "sign of unity and bond of charity," is the
summit towards which the life of the community is directed.
For all the Brothers, "it is the source of divine love, of zeal and of
selflessness which has given strength to the martyrs, fashioned the purity of
virgins and formed all the saints". (Directory, # 84a)
The Eucharistic worship unites the Brothers in the sacrifice of Christ.
At Mass, the Brothers renew their consecration which unites them with the
supreme and ongoing sacrifice of the Redeemer. (Directory, # 84b)
When the community finds it impossible to participate in the Mass, the
Brothers are urged to join in the liturgy of the Word and in sacramental
communion. (Directory, # 84c)
Twice a day, the community assembles for prayer: in
the morning, for Lauds and a thirty-minute meditation, and in the evening, for
a half-hour, for Vespers, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and personal
examen. (Constitutions, # 43)
The Brothers visit the Blessed Sacrament to express their love and gratitude
and to render to their Lord due homage and adoration.(Directory, # 84d)
Through the divine office, religious participate in the official prayer of
the Church, "which is ceaselessly engaged in praising the Lord and interceding
for the salvation of the whole world". (Directory, # 85a)
This prayer, made in the name of all for the benefit of all, is a "source
of piety and nourishment for personal prayer" and thus, an exceptionally fitting
encounter with God. (Directory, # 85b)
The Brothers love to give daily expression to the veneration of the Virgin
Mary, especially through the meditated recitation of the Rosary, a traditional
prayer in the Congregation. (Constitutions, #44)
The Brother has a great love and veneration for the Virgin Mary. In the
Scriptures, he meditates on her role in salvation history
and in the liturgy, he relives with her the mysteries of her divine Son's life.
To liturgical celebrations in her honor,
he adds acts of devotion inspired by true faith. He entrusts to her maternal
solicitude his religious and apostolic life. (Directory, # 93)
The Brothers set aside a minimum of two hours each week for spiritual reading,
especially of the Scriptures. (Constitutions, # 45)
The Brother attaches great importance to the Scriptures and studies them
diligently. Realizing that "ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,"
he strives, by assiduous reading, to gain "the supreme advantage of knowing the
Christ Jesus".(Directory, #87a)
Regularly, he finds time to study "the teaching of the faith and the good
doctrine," which enables him to improve his presentation of the Christian message.
(Directory, # 87b)
To foster community awareness of the major documents of the Church and of the
Congregation, it is desirable that they be read in community.
Such texts provide excellent subject matter for community meetings.
For the conversion of their hearts to God, the Brothers frequently receive
the sacrament of reconciliation, prepared by a daily examination of conscience.
(Constitutions, # 46)
In the sacrament of reconciliation, the Brother acknowledges his failings
and gratefully receives the Father's forgiveness. He
thus strengthens his bonds with the Church which he had weakened by his
sinfulness. (Directory, #90)
Guided by the Holy Spirit and helped by a comeptent spiritual director or
his habitual confessor, the
Brother gradually discovers the path to God. The practice of particular examen
provides added stimulus for generous progress towards his spiritual goals.
(Directory, # 91)
Periodically, communities avail themselves of quiet periods to renew
themselves in their calling. Each
community organizes its recollections to norms set by regional or provincial
Each year the Brothers make a six-day spritiual retreat.
(Constitutions, # 47)