“Mary kept all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” (Lk. 2:19; 51)
Monastic life is an integral, even essential part of the Church’s witness and presence to the People of God. The deep, rich, ongoing contemplative dimension complements the active ministries in the Church and supports them by the spiritual dynamics of Prayer, Adoration, Reparation and Union with God.
“In order to converse with Christ and to follow Him throughout the day, the spirit of silence is indispensable to the contemplative atmosphere of the monastery.” (Rule, no. 25)
“[The monk] turns to God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, living persons tenderly present, to whom [he] utters a solemn and humble, majestic and simple liturgical doxology. But [he] perceives that one draws close to this presence by being taught an adoring silence, for at the culmination of the knowledge and experience of God is his absolute transcendence. This is reached through the prayerful assimilation of scripture and the liturgy more than by systematic meditation.“ (Pope John Paul II: “The Light of the East”, no. 16)