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We must strive to be living witnesses among all nations to the great truth that in Christ "there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free men, between men and women" (Galatians 3: 28). , any barrier between races or nations in the family of God.
The Benedictine Abbey of the Missionaries of Charity, a Benedictine Community of Catholic tradition, as one of the many spiritual families raised by the Holy Spirit in the Church of Christ, taking the basic aspects mentioned above, consists of men or women, married or single, ordained or lay , of any Christian denomination, who recognize the call to follow Jesus in the footsteps of St. Benedict, always in search of a life in prayer and to meet the living and active person of Christ in our brothers and sisters, in Holy Scripture, in the Church and in liturgical activity.
The community consists of brothers and sisters who made their profession, the novices and those who were admitted to probation (postulants). It is also associated with Oblates, laity or priests, who are members of a community linked to the monastic community, not constituting a religious association, nor a Third Order, participating in the spiritual assets of the Fraternity.
The members of the are dispersed, living in many communities, states and even countries. While some of the brothers and sisters live close enough to spend time together, many are the only representative in their particular community. Annually, its members are invited to the annual Chapter so that, for a few days, all are invited to live in community to learn, worship, share. The formal recognition of the training stages typically occurs during this meeting. This is when ordinations are usually formalized.
In addition to the members of the Fraternity living under a common rule, all their members are responsible to their respective denominations, which forces the monastic formation to be adjusted taking into account the Christian ecumenical basis.
The members of the Fraternity consecrate their life to God, that is, experiencing a fraternal union with one another, solitude and silence, in the continuous exercise of prayer and work, based on a proper discipline of life.
The brother or sister, guided by the Gospel and seeking God in the simplicity of his heart, obliges himself to the discipline established in the rule of life individually constructed and approved by the Abbot. Even living in a hermitage, in an urban environment or in an isolated area, he / she assumes to fulfill what was established by his rule of life, thus renouncing his own will, following the example of Christ, in surrender to the service of the Lord. From the foregoing, the person assumes with the Fraternity the vows of conversion of customs and obedience.
The hermit community member, responding to the call of God, makes the choice for life in solitude in a prayerful and contemplative way. It does not necessarily live outside the city, although it may be the choice of some, for the good that makes it in touch with nature - God's first creation. Due to current needs, many choose to live in the city's eremitism, by performing work activities, shopping, health care, and not being so dependent on benefactors. One can not forget that the main element of eremitical life is the solitary pursuit of God's companionship, even if occasionally in the family, in the crowd, or in the development of sporadic pastoral practices. It is important to note the difference between those who are usually singletons of a certain age, called hermits, who choose to live alone because of the particular pleasure of solitude and the members of the Fraternity who do so in response to the call of God, with a constant discernment in the Spirit in the daily exercise of his consecrated life.
The community forms one body in Christ, even though its members are physically distant from each other. Each brother, however, putting into common with others the spiritual gifts received according to the manifold grace of God, thus promoting with great effort the edification of brotherhood.
The members of the Fraternity continually seek to witness and serve as an instrument of the Church's mission among all peoples, proclaiming Christ by actions and words. As followers of Christ Jesus and motivated by the dynamic power of the gospel, Fraternity monks and Oblates continually strive to apply their thoughts and actions to those of Christ through a radical inner change that the gospel itself calls "Conversion ". Human frailty calls for this conversion on a daily basis.
Following the example of Jesus, the members of the Fraternity strive daily for prayer and contemplation to be the soul of all that they are and do, faithfully fulfilling the duties proper to the various circumstances of life and following the poor and crucified Christ, twitnessing Him even in difficulties and persecutions. Always reminding ourselves to choose Christ for a poor and humble life, causes the community that makes up the Fraternity to seek an adequate spirit of detachment from temporal goods, simplifying their own material needs. For, according to the gospel, we are stewards of goods received for the benefit of the children of God, thus requiring effort to purify our hearts from all tendencies and desires of possession and power. In obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the Saint Benedict, members of the Fraternity are bearers of peace that must always be built incessantly. They are compelled to seek ways of resolving conflicts through nonviolent means, relying on the presence of the divine soul in everyone and on the transforming power of love and forgiveness. Here we point out another reflection by Bishop Anselm Grün on the community monastic: The spirituality of the monks is sincere. It does not pass over human reality. The path to God, on the contrary, passes through self-knowledge. The monks do not talk about God, they experience Him. They seek to dispel all possibilities of dispersion, so that they can direct the spirit completely to God.
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