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Community of St. John

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

Intellectual work is a means which each brother uses according to his abilities, in alternation with manual labor and various community services : cooking, cleaning, etc. Discovering intimacy with Christ is the goal to be pursued throughout all these activities. This intimacy, which implies a certain solitude with God, led the community to choose a monastic way of life. The brothers are "monks" in the sense that the purpose of their religious consecration is primarily a life of union with Christ in silence, adoration, and thirst for contemplation.

Solitude does not mean isolation. Our life includes very strong ties with the other brothers. In his first letter, Saint John stressed the connection between communion with Christ and communion with our brothers:

"If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar"
-1 Jn. 4:20.