Unity with ChristWe
Carthusians are called to a life that is completely dedicated to
contemplation. Our only task is to develop within that Divine life that
we received at baptism, until we reach the “full stature of Christ”
when we can say with the apostle: “It is no longer I that lives, but
Christ in me”.
Hidden ApostolateAt the same time, we
fulfill the role entrusted us by the Church: as main arteries, we
should spread forth the Divine life through the entire Mystical Body.
“Apart from all, to all we are united, so that it is in the name of all
that we stand before the living God” (Rule 34,2). Our apostolate
consists in that we give ourselves entirely to God for Himself alone.
“How can we doubt for even an instant that a similar expression of pure
love can give an extraordinary missionary effectiveness to the
Carthusian life?” (bl. John Paul II.)
WitnessOur life must
also be a witness. “Making him who is, the exclusive center of our
lives through our Profession, we testify to a world excessively
absorbed in earthly things, that there is no God but him. Our life
clearly shows that something of the joys of heaven is present already
here below; it prefigures our risen state and anticipates in a manner
the final renewal of the world” (Rule 34,3).
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