“The life of the Carthusian monk is devoted to the praise of God and intercession for all.”
The Carthusian Order is a contemplative Order founded by Saint Bruno in 1084.
In the Order there are both monasteries of monks and nuns all sharing the same vocation: a life of prayer and solitude in the heart of the Church.
“An encounter with the Lord in silence and solitude”: this can be considered the main trait of this vocation. Therefore its aim can be summed up in these three elements:
Solitude: implying an effective separation from the world, symbolized and realized by a strict enclosure.
Combining solitary and community life: the life of the Carthusian is not completely eremitical. Although solitude prevails, there are times of fraternal meeting which give to the life a characteristic balance.
The Carthusian liturgy: is centred on the Eucharist and the night Office, and performed with sobriety and simplicity in harmony with their life-style.
“To retire to the hermitage is a decision that can only be taken when in the heart burns the intimate certainty that the concealed solitude hides an incomparable love that cannot be equalled by any other.”
For Carthusian monk “solitude is the privileged place for the search and encounter with God.”
“The path that leads to God is easy, since in order to go forward, one must not load oneself, but on the contrary, unload oneself.” (Statutes 33.7)
The life in the charterhouse takes two main forms:
Some of the Monks spend a great part of the day in their hermitages engaged in prayer, study and work. They are called Fathers and are priests.
There are also other Monks who lead a life of authentic solitude and, besides prayer and study, they spend part of their days in works for the monastery outside their hermitages. They are the Brothers.
If you feel called to the Charterhouse, don’t doubt that God will come to meet you and make your life in solitude a privileged place of COMMUNION.