Total consecration to the Blessed Trinity can only be fully realized through the sacrifice of Christ, our High Priest, who offers himself upon the Cross as a holocaust victim to the merciful love of the Father. For this reason, each Brother has at heart to strive to share in the mystery of the priesthood of Christ as profoundly as possible through Mary.
The royal priesthood of the faithful (cf. 1 Peter 2:9) is a precious gift given by Christ to His Church. Whether ordained a priest or not, all of the Brothers share the common vocation of seeking to follow Saint John’s example. What is Saint John’s example? He sought to follow the Lamb wherever he went (Rev. 14), even to the Cross where he accomplished his sacerdotal work as the Beloved Son. In and through this royal priesthood, the Community strives to glorify the Father with Christ and to help today’s world rediscover a sense of adoration and fraternal charity.
Quest for Truth and Wisdom
Seeking truth is another key dimension of the spirit of the Community, which is the call to know and live in the truth as fully as possible. The Brothers seek the Three Wisdoms. as taught by Saint Thomas Aquinas: Mystical Wisdom, Theological Wisdom and Philosophical Wisdom.
The search for Philosophical Wisdom is undertaken in the footsteps of Aristotle and with reference to Saint Thomas Aquinas. It takes into account the major modern-day problems that confront Christians today, especially the various ideologies, atheism and relativism.
This rigorous formation is primarily undertaken with a view to communicating the mystery of our Divine Savior in its fullness to a world in desperate need of his saving truth. In this way, each member of the Community seeks to respond to Christ’s mission to “present the patrimony of the faith to men of our time… in an understandable and persuasive fashion” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 3).
In seeking Theological and Mystical Wisdom, the Brothers strive above all else to know and love the Word of God as found in the living Tradition of the Church (especially the Fathers of the Church and Saint Thomas Aquinas) and as presented by the Church’s Magisterium. This desire to receive God’s Revelation both for its own sake, and in a way that will enable them to dialogue with others, opens the members of the Community to engage in a genuinely philosophical inquiry, centered on the human person as so well demonstrated by Saint John-Paul II in his Encyclical Fides et Ratio.