Our style is structured and reflective with plenty of space for the Lord to meet with us.
Faith in Christianity largely has become believing in things to be true or false, and learning how to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil instead of from the tree of life. The object of our religious faith has become more about ideas and doctrine instead of a Person.
Our concentration has largely been on only what to believe instead of how to believe. Our hope is to help provide concrete practices (rhythms) so that you can know how to access faith, hope and love. If we don’t move from a belief-based religion to a practice-based religion, little change will be produced in us. The site rhythms are designed to help you see “Christ formed in you” (Galatians 4:19).
My central claim is that we become like Christ by doing one thing – by following Him in the overall style of life he chose for Himself. If we have faith in Christ, we must believe that He knew how to live. We can, through faith and grace, become like Christ by practicing the types of activities He engaged in, by arranging our whole lives around the activities He Himself practiced in order to remain constantly at home in the fellowship of the Father.
From Nightfall prayer (8pm) to Daybreak prayer (8am) we practice silence.
This includes no cell phones & computers (wi-fi is turned off).
We honor this practice every day. Monastics
commonly call this “The Great Silence”.
Moments of Reflection
(Scripture Reading & Silence) –
This is your own personal time in the Word before Daybreak prayer.
Liturgy of the Land (prayer hours)
Daybreak – 8am
Midday – noon
Nightfall – 8pm
These prayer hours are practiced together from Sunday Nightfall prayer until Friday Midday prayer. We meet in the chapel, weather permitting. Other days we will notify you
where to meet.
(For more understanding about liturgy, see the Welcome/Orientation book)
Let thy labors be three – prayer, work, reading. -ST COLUMBA
Work is part of living in community. We will assign work responsibilities during your stay with us.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of
the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have
from God, and that you are not your own?”
(1 Corinthians 6:19)
“For physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things …”
(1 Timothy 4:8a)
What we eat and how we exercise affects our interaction with God and others.
Friday pm to Saturday pm
Serving the Swan
2 hours/week of serving neighbors and “the least of these”
7th of Each Month Desert Days
(entire day of silence)