Our day is lived in the presence of the Living God, seeking to commune with Him and being sensitive to His guidance and constant expressions of love. All of our work is important, for it is done for love of God, for each other and for all of God’s People. We seek to have an atmosphere of quiet in order that we may better live out “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
As a community we gather in the chapel throughout the day for the Liturgy of the Hours, which consists of hymns, psalms, Scripture readings, and silent reflection. Throughout the day, as you can see from our schedule, we stop to turn our full attention to God by praying the seven “hours.”
The work of God, Opus Dei, Eucharist
- 6:00 Lauds
- Breakfast in silence
- 7:20 Common Adoration with Lectio Divina
- Continued quiet time for personal prayer and walk
- 9:30 Work
- 12:00 Noon meal
- 12:45 Noon Praise
- 1:15 Work
- 3:00 Mid-day prayer and Chaplet of Divine Mercy or Rosary
- 3:30 Work
- 5:00 Vespers
- 5:45 Evening meal
- 8:00 Compline (closing prayer)
- Our Mass Schedule
- Sunday 8 a.m. El Sauz
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. in La Puerta
- Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m. Rio Grande City
The Liturgy of the Hours is integral to our life as monastics. A monastic community is to “pray always,” in whatever occupation is being undertaken. We are using Benedictine Daily Prayer as our Liturgy of the Hours Book, which provides the seven “hours” of monastic prayer.
Our work consists of ordinary housework, correspondence, finances, hospitality, listening to and praying with people in need, coordinating groups that will be coming for renewal, monastic and development meetings, finances, preparing for oblate-vocations gatherings, errands and appointments in Rio Grande City or the McAllen area, to name some of our happenings. We support various outreach efforts such as a Mexico ministry, (assisting those who live in substandard conditions) and local centers that help pregnant women in crisis situations. We also hold Benedictine Life Weekends for women discerning a religious vocation.
The ultimate event of each day is to participate in holy Mass and offer praise, thanksgiving, and prayers for all. The Eucharist is our source of life and enthusiasm.
We enjoy our surroundings by taking walks on our monastery ground and also by having picnics down by Presa Placida, (our placid pond) in the cooler weather.
Our breakfast is in silence and on our own time schedule. As a community we eat our noon and evening meal together every day. We seek to have table reading as often as possible.
Most days bring surprises, such as phone calls with good or sad news, a rare rainbow, beautiful flowers blooming, a great variety of birds at the feeder and even an occasional wild creature may wander in to our grounds — once it was a 5-foot long stray pig!
Constant for each day is the Word of God that comforts, guides and enlightens us. We seek to live a life of balance allowing for a life that is joyful and refreshing. Our lives are full of opportunities to serve and love our Lord with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength so “That in all things God may be glorified.”