We come to know Christ through the prayerful reading of the Sacred Scriptures and by the testimony of His Church. In our own daily life, we discern His presence and respond to Him through a serious application of Gospel precepts. We devote ourselves to living that Gospel as our First Rule.
Adoration, cloister, eremitical orientation: these essential marks of our charism, penetrated by the fervor of authentic gospel living, become avenues through which the light of Christ is radiated out to the entire Church.
The monk wishes first of all to follow Christ, to live the life of the Gospel in a community of brothers, and to live the evangelical vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.
The Church desires that the monastic communities of the Catholic Eastern Churches . . . “let the glorious traditions of the Fathers shine again, in order to share the riches of grace, which were common to the age-old Churches and to give back to the entire Church today, a testimony deeply rooted in the Christian East, a high place at which to contemplate it in all its beauty. [To the degree that community life,] which gives visibility to the ecclesial communion, becomes flourishing and prophetic, in such a measure it is hoped to have a new development of the ascetical life and of the eremitic experience. The monks would then be, as they were once in the past, guides and spiritual masters . . . .” (Pope John Paul II).