Discerning Our Community

There’s an old story from the sayings of the desert fathers with a great perspective on the spiritual life. It goes like this:

​Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, “Abba, as far as I can, I say my Little Office. I fast a little. I pray. I meditate. I live in peace and as far as I can. I purify my thoughts. What else am I to do?”

“What else,” Abba Lot says, “can I do?”

Then the old man stood up, stretched his hands towards heaven and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire, and he said to him, “If you will, you can become all flame.”

The moral of the story is this: while the spiritual life is made up of many spiritual practices and prayers, above all these things, it is an encounter with the living God whose grace and love can transfigure us. Saint Athanasius said it this way, “God became man so that we may become God.” The goal of the Christian life is union with God. Divinization. To become all aflame.

Getting to Know You

If you feel called to become fire, we may be the community you are looking for. If you are interested, then fill out the form below and we will send you more information. Please be patient if it takes us a few days to get back to you as we have no internet in our friary.