The Spiritual Life

“To the continuous mental prayer must be united other acts of mortification and mercy …and all these works together with the continuous prayers must be so ordered that the Congregation will always be in the presence of the Lord with all these virtuous acts” [7]; the spirituality itself of every cleric minor has a strong community connotation. The Clerics Regular Minor lives their proper consecration to the Lord in the experience of the divine intimacy especially through:
– hearing and meditating on the Word of God: “It is appropriate that men consecrated to the divine worship, even if still on earth, lift their spirit above so that their heart will be intimately united to the Source and meditate continuously on Jesus Christ and his virtues” [8].
– prayer and Eucharistic adoration, personal and around-the-clock: “Therefore, it will be our Institute’s particular task and distinction to always and effectively be in the presence of God, not only with the holiness of life, according to the word of God ‘it is necessary to pray always without ceasing’, but also with the continuity of prayer, as Blessed Basilius teaches us when he says: ‘make all your life a continuous time of prayer’. Because this would be impossible for each single person, we direct that in every house of our Institute the hours of the day and night be so distributed that we could do this at least by taking turns”[9]; With this, our Institute, like a burning flame, will always shine before God and enlighten all men” [10].
– the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in common at least Lauds and Vespers [11]: “Among the principal tasks in which all religious must participate is the Divine Office, therefore, let us recite it always with utmost care and in common” [12].
– a generous asceticism, necessary for a permanent conversion of the heart, practiced individually and in common. Our Founders willed “…that to the prayer must also be added corporal mortification as ordinary and common exercises done every day and by turns so that, except Sundays and certain feast days, there may be someone in our house who would be doing penance” [13]. The contemplation of the divine humanity of Christ, humiliated and offended by the passion, has been a characteristic element of the spirituality of St. Francis Caracciolo [14] and a precious heredity left to us so that we could understand that the cross is for us as it was for Christ, the proof of a deeper love and we could witness the mysterious rapport between renunciation and joy, sacrifice and the opening of the heart, discipline and spiritual liberty[15]

– a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Grateful for her maternal protection, promised to the Order in the person of Ven. Augustine Adorno, we express this veneration by imitating her virtues “celebrating her feasts with particular solemnity and practicing and spreading the devotion of the Holy Rosary”[16].