Poverty December 23
Those in charge of the pantry, or of clothing and books, should render cheerful service to their brothers (Rule of Augustine, 38).
All the members of the community serve one another. Poverty opens them to mutual help. Even those who are in pastoral work outside the community are obliged to participate in humble community work to assure the well being of all the confreres. Nonetheless, in the history of the Crosier Order, the Brothers especially have pursued a life marked by service within the community. Joining a commitment to prayer to this life of humble service, the Brothers are known throughout the Order as men with both feet solidly on the ground and an ardent heart in heaven. This style of life has made them good persons, witnesses of Christian commitment. The service of their praying hands has given formation even to the hearts of the confreres who are known to be excellent ministers. While the style of life of the Brothers today is not at all as before, their traditional spirit lives on among them and points the way to real Crosier community life.
The rooster is small of stature but his cockscomb caresses the sky. (Minyanka)
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.