We have some members who chose to consecrate themselves to God in a deep spiritual life while living a contemplative life in a monastery. They live the silence of the Nazareth, just how Jesus was in the first thirty years of His earthly life. As monks, they dedicate themselves in prayer and study at the same with the ‘apostolate of presence’: preaching Ignatian retreats and offering Spiritual Directions. Currently our monasteries are: the Monastery of the Incarnate Word (San Rafael, Argentina); the Monastery of Our Lady of Succour (Guimar, Tenerife, Spain); the Monastery of Pueyo (Barbastro, Spain); the Monastery of Mary Mother of the Church (Anjara, Jordan); the Monastery of the Holy Family (Sephoris, Israel); the Monastery of Bl. Charles de Foucauld (Tunisia); and the Monastery of Madonna of Sorriso (Canneto, Italy).
We consider our contemplative branch as the front-line of all our apostolic works, since with their prayer life and penance they obtain from the Lord the necessary graces for salvation of many. Likewise, our monasteries are like magnets, ‘attracting’ the grace of God and lightning rods for his wrath as they make reparation for the sins of mankind.
Life in the Monastery
Our monks are dedicated primarily to prayer, living in a community in the same monastery as true brothers, under a rule and an abbot who is the father of all the members in that monastery.
Fraternal Life. This is the common life our monks live everyday. This does not exclude the time for recreation wherein they try to practice the virtue of eutrapelia.
Prayer Life. The life of a monk is mainly divided into liturgical prayer: the daily celebration of the Holy Mass, the singing of the Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Hour in the morning and in the evening, and personal prayers. The whole life of a monk is not solely restricted to these periods of prayer, throughout the day they seek to live and unite themselves to the Incarnate Word, in the context of silence and solitude. Silence is not merely absence of words, but also it is a way to have a dialogue with God.
The personal prayer includes the practice of Lectio Divina, rosary, Angelus, Stations of the Cross, etc.
The Habit. As a sign and witness of poverty, our monks wear simple monastic habit. They wear white sackcloth with a cowl. Around their waste is a leather belt, wearing also a white scapular on which the shield of our Institute is embroidered on the chest. The white color is full of significant meanings. First, it symbolizes the Transfiguration of Christ. This is according to our specific end, the Evangelization of Culture, to transfigure the culture into Christ.Second, it signifies those have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (cf. Rev. 14), and the three white things of our Institute: the Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Father.
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