The Common Life
The community is built up in the Church of Christ, upon the foundation of charity, as the true family of those who have God as a Father, Christ as a Brother and the Church as a Mother.
Thus, in the community, nobody has anything as an exclusive possession but all is held in common. They give themselves and all they have to the service of love.
Among the menbers of the community, there reigns an amicable spirit of life together in Christ. Everyone fosters mutual confidence in open dialogue. They show concern for the sick, console the disheartened, rejoice sincerely for each other's qualities and victories just as if these were their own. They complement one another and unite their efforts in the common task. Each one finds fulfillment in his surrender to others.
In the practice of the common life, all show themselves to be contented with their vocation and with the company of the brothers so that the sweet fragrance of Christ flows from our communities diffusing itself everywhere.
The Otium Sanctum
It is termed as the Interiority which is the essential element of the Augustinian Recollect monastic tradition. It embraces the apostolate of searching for truth and its fullest expression as a service to the Church.
The community ought to be organized so that the apostolic activity and daily accupations leave the brethren sufficient time for study and prayer and the giving of themselves to the Scriptures.
Prayer, “an achievement of intimacy with God, the desire to adore, the will to intercede”, nourishes life and gives greater impulse and fruitfulness to every apostolate.
Prayer enables the religious to discover the mysterious presence of God in the hearts of men so that all may be loved as brothers.
By means of prayer, the Spirit of Jesus enables us to perceive the manifesation of love of God in the unfolding of events, thus, establishing the necessary link between life and prayer.
The commnity dedicates itself paritcularly to the practice of mental prayer, which is closely linked to the tradition of the Order and necessary to attain the vital integrity in man. Mental prayer is also necessary for a fruitful and intimate participation in the public prayer of the Church and of the mystery of the Eucharist.