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Community of St. John

Article Index
The Brothers
The Novitiate
Discernment and Formation
Intimacy With Christ
The Process
Holy Orders
A Typical Day at the Novitiate House

Purification of the heart is received primarily in silent prayer, under the action of the Holy Spirit.

Purification of the intelligence is more "active" and entails the discovery of a realistic view of oneself, the other, and the world to which we belong. In such a discovery, we always need teachers to guide us: "deceased" teachers - for us, Aristotle and St. Thomas - and living teachers who invite and help us to embark upon a personal search for the truth.

The purpose of all this is to love better: truth intensifies our love for God and our brothers and and enables us to love more freely.