Discerning a Vocation to ORC
Called to Intimate
Friendship with Jesus Christ
We have heard Christ’s call to holiness. He sent His angel to help us. We see in the world so many people who would like to grow in the spiritual life but do not know how! We dedicate our lives as a community to deepening our own personal relationship with our Lord. This is a call to intimate friendship with Jesus. We also wish to help others find Christ and grow in His love. To this end, we engage in an extensive preaching ministry: directing retreats, missions, and days of recollection.
The daily Community Mass is the high point of our lives. We sing the Liturgy of the Hours in community, and rejoice in this privilege of religious life. We attach great importance to the reverence, solemnity and beauty of the liturgy. Moreover, every day we fix our gaze on Our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! … It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore” (Ps 133,1.3).
The vows of poverty, chastity and obedience help us to conform our lives and our love more perfectly to Christ. We, in the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, see this as our calling, to “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (Rev 14,4), to remains faithful to Him by sharing intimately in His Paschal Mystery of the Cross, but, therefore, also in the joy of His resurrection. Along with this comes the mission to share this only Gospel (=good news) with the world.
He whose heart is enkindled with fire for love of Our Lord and with the zeal to share this love with others is a kindred spirit! Our Lord is already dwelling in his heart! They rejoice when the Baptist points Him out, saying: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1,29). When He speaks to them along the way, their hearts are on fire (Lk 24,32). When they ask Him, “‘Rabbi’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ He replied, ‘Come and see’; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day” (Jn 1,38-39). Indeed, for the rest of their lives and eternity! If your own heart echoes with such longing, it may be that He is inviting you into ‘His home’ in the Order of the Holy Cross. If He didn’t live here, none of us would either.
From the very beginning, there existed among the “Cruzios” various ways of life within the one religious family. There are members who pursue a contemplative life of silence and prayer within the monastery. There are also members who live an active life, assisting in various missions within the Church. In addition to the priest members of the community, there are “lay” professed brothers, who in their own proper way share in the priestly charism of the Order on account of their common priesthood arising from Baptism and Confirmation and by virtue of their religious profession.