God's Presence in Community

How do the Civic Friars experience God’s presence as in the effort to nourish both our souls and bodies? Or, more specifically, in what ways can our prayers and works be best directed toward a more fruitful and life-changing encounter with God? The monastic model for community shows us the way of the “praying community”:

This encounter with God is the bedrock of genuine prayer with the desired end of communion with Him

For this reason, one of the most important aspects of the Civic Friary is the practice of reciting the Divine Office, the Liturgy of the Hours

This Prayer of the Church is a foundation and anchor for all our prayer and activities as members of the Friary, inspired by the Mass, and inspiring other spiritual activities

These reverent prayers put us in “the mind and heart of the Church” making our work more fruitful and, above all, they help us to keep God at the center of our praise and work because they are a rich source of serenity, scriptural meditation and spiritual reflection

The Church has always taught that the true beginning and completion of every good and fruitful endeavor is prayer

As the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, solemnly promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI, states:

The Divine Office is devised so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God. Therefore, when this wonderful song of praise is rightly performed by priests and others who are deputed for this purpose by the Church’s ordinance, or by the faithful praying together with the priest in the approved form, then it is truly the voice of the bride addressed to her bridegroom; it is the very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His body, addresses to the Father.