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,” Abba Lot said, “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, to become all aflame with the divine love of God.
Each friar desires and strives for this union; and it is so central to our lives as religious that our first and primary apostolate is the contemplation of God in prayer. This contemplation, through which we are drawn into intimate union with our Lord, is our most important work. Around it our lives are organized and out of it our other apostolates flow. It is only through ongoing daily encounters with our Lord, Who is a “consuming fire”, in prayer that we become more like Him and are therefore able to give witness to His love and the good news of salvation.
We desire this transformative union for all souls and echo the words of Christ “I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish that it were already ablaze.”
We invite you to explore the links below to learn more about who we are as a community, the other apostolates that the Lord has given to us, and how you can join us in becoming all aflame.