Romualdian Benedictine Values
We are committed to forming stable relationships in the community. Fostering genuine spiritual friendships. Fulfilling St Paul’s teaching of Being United in Christ (Romans 12:5; 15:5). To become who we are it can only be accomplished in the face of others worked out in our relationships with them.
. . . and may he bring us all together to everlasting life. RB 72.12
Not only a place but an existential space wherein Hesychasm is nurtured and cultivated.
Evangelical martyrdom possesses many meanings and reflects various depths of eremitic experience.
This includes the constant evolution of the Self to realize the dynamic state of Kenosis, Self-Emptying. St. Paul describes our Baptismal Event as a dying to Self as to sin and our rising, or rebirth, in Christ with Christ. (Romans 6-8). Kenosis naturally strengthens the virtues of humility and detachment from “the world”. This is equivalently, the process of the monastic vow of “conversatio morum“; being a daily and lifetime practice of detachment and renunciation. Such vows of poverty and celibate chastity are implicit in the vow of “conversatio morum” and is therefore not overtly a vow taken at one’s profession. We have spoken of the monastic practice of interior (or white) martyrdom. We know from Patristic Teachings and the Liturgical Wisdom of the Church that physical (or red) martyrdom in occurring on behalf of & in defense of Christ guarantees one’s salvation. One becomes a true witness of Christ in red martyrdom. Likewise, in the pursuit of ‘evangelizing the gentiles” one is ofttimes martyred for bringing the Word of the Father to the unbelievers.
What is the “good for all” while being also the “good for the one”? This is the Common Good; rarely achieved by nations while ever-present in the monastic communities.
We intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service . . . We hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome. The good of all concerned may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love. RB Prologue 45-47
Listening & Silence
Reverent listening goes hand-in-hand with humble silence. This is not just using the auditory sense it is the kind of listening accomplished with the ear of our heart.
To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
Listen . . . with the ear of your heart. RB Prologue 1
Awareness of God
We acknowledge the primacy of God.
To look for God in the ordinary events of each day.
We believe that the divine presence is everywhere. (RSB 19.1)
Obedience is an expression of Love.
“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, 2 which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all. Because of the holy service they have professed, or because of dread of hell and for the glory of everlasting life, they carry out the superior’s order as promptly as if the command came from God himself” (RSB 5:1-4). “It is love that impels them to pursue everlasting life; 11 therefore, they are eager to take the narrow road of which the Lord says: Narrow is the road that leads to life (Matt 7:14). They no longer live by their own judgment, giving in to their whims and appetites; rather they walk according to another’s decisions and directions, choosing to live in monasteries and to have an abbot over them. Men of this resolve unquestionably conform to the saying of the Lord: I have come not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me (John 6:38)” (RSB 5:10-13)
We call the community together for counsel to make decisions.
To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission: to stand firm in one’s promises.
As often as anything important is to be done . . . the abbot shall call the whole community together and explain what the business is . . . (RSB 3.1)
We foster an environment for deep transformation of the whole person (conversatio).
To practice enthusiasm for conversatio.
Through this love, all . . . will now begin to be observed without effort, as though naturally, for habit, . . . out of love for Christ, good habit, and delight in virtue. (RSB 7.68-69)
We are committed to practicing simplicity and frugality.
To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.
All things are done in moderation. (RSB 48.9)
Respect for persons
We reverence all persons.
To respect each person regardless of class, cultural background, or professional skill.
No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else. (RSB 72.7)
Dignity of work
We are committed to stability of place.
To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation.
. . . they live by the labor of their hands. (RSB 48.8)
We practice hospitality and respect for all persons.
To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.
Let all . . . be received as Christ. (RSB 53.1)
We reverence all creation.
To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar. (RSB 31.10)
We are committed to practicing justice.
To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
. . . that in all things may God be glorified. (RSB 57.9).