‡ in our daily round of liturgical worship at Divine Office and Mass;‡ in our spiritual reading of sacred scripture;‡ in our communal interaction, especially with the abbot;‡ in those who come to visit or stay at the monastery;‡ in our daily work, however humble.
1. Obedience, to the Rule and to the abbot, and through them to Christ;
2. Stability, by which we bind ourselves to a specific community, for better or for worse;
3. Conversatio morum, or conversion of life, by which we strive to renew each day our personal conversion to God.
“not mere strongholds of culture and tradition, or even simple business enterprises. Structure, organziation and finances are necessary in the Church too, but they are not what is essential. A monastery is above all this: a place of spiritual power.”
A typical Douai day...
0600... Rising bell0620... Matins & Lauds (sung in English)0715... Meditation/private prayer0745... Sung conventual Mass0830... Breakfast, followed by work or study1250... Midday Office (sung in English)1305... Lunch (in silence, with reading)
(Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday recreation follows lunch)
1400... Work or study1800... Vespers (sung in Latin), followed by lectio divina1900... Supper (in silence with reading and table service)
(Except on Sunday, common recreation follows supper)
2000... Compline (sung in English)2200... Summum silentium, or Great Silence, until after breakfast