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"Let nothing be preferred to the work of God" -- Rule of St. Benedict 43:3

Prayer is "the lifting of the mind and heart to God." The life of a monk is thoroughly ordered to God as his ultimate goal and prayer as the means to Him.

Every day begins with prayer. In the morning before dawn, we pray Vigils and then have a half hour for mental prayer. Four more times throughout the day we gather to offer the prayer of Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church. The Divine Office (the opus Dei or work of God) is the worship we give to God as His due. The high point of each day is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the “Source and Summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11) to which everything else is a preparation and from which flow the graces necessary to live a holy Monastic life. The Monastic life is a vow of fidelity to the prayer of the Church, to personal prayer, to the worship of God in justice and to filial love. The growth in holiness for the monk himself and the sanctification of the Church flow as a necessary consequence of this fidelity.