and friends, "LIVE
TOGETHER IN FRATERNITY"
you entered our website, we greeted you, saying: "Come
and see." "We are here with you and for you.
We have opened a way for us to communicate, thus making it possible
for you to get closer to our community.
You have visited this site in numbers. We thank you. You have thus
motivated us to forge on and to revitalize this site.
What of our vocation would you like us to present? What is there
to know about a community of Canons? Why do we live in community?
What should we describe first? Let us look at the Rule of Saint Augustine
according to which we live.
Above all, charity: love of God and love of neighbor.
The Friars have come to the monastery to live "in unum", "one
heart, one soul, in unity".
our life as a community, we offer you a chance to discover "how
good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity," as
the psalmist chanted (Psalm 132).
This psalm carries a cry that flows throughout Scripture, St. Augustine
said, and he affirms that it is this psalm that gave birth to monasteries,
places where unison lives.
This is what guided St. Augustine when he assembled his brother
in religion, suggesting that they live together as one, in unity,
in one house.
We do not pretend that we can achieve this unity on our own. It is
a gift from on high, a grace, and we have to work to achieve it in
the Church the home and the school of communion : such is
the great challenge presented to us in the millenium that
is beginning, if we want to be faithful to God's plan and to respond
to the profound expectations of the world." (John Paul II, "A
l'aube du IIIe millénaire")
spirituality of communion, that is, the ability to be attentive
to one's brother in faith, considering him as one of ours, in the
profound unity of the Mystical Body", so as to share their
joys and their sufferings, to understand their wishes and to respond
to their needs, to offer them a true and deep friendship" (ibidem).
this site, "Abbaye-Champagne",
enlarge this fraternity, extend it, make it advance far and wide
Père Abbé Maurice
Abbé général de la congrégation de saint
[Abbot General of the Congregation of St. Victor]