one cannot give that which he does not have. WE therefore aim to prepare the brothers to sanctify the world by helping them to first, through christ, sanctify themselves.
Below are the principles that characterize our approach to development.
SODALITY, requiring trust and loyalty
“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.” - St. Augustine
The Brothers enter into an intense community of radical support. However, in order to receive support, others must first know of the need. Therefore, Brothers are lucidly transparent with one another, whether about struggles, temptations, frustrations, or concerns. As all men are oriented to Heaven, each has a responsibility to the other to care for his soul and help him attain his ultimate goal.
SUBSIDIARITY, requiring autonomy and responsibility
“Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do." - Quadragesimo Anno, Pope Pius XI
The Brothers take vows because Sodality is not a program done to or for them but rather a community through which they, as free-willed persons, walk, of their own volition, closer to and with Christ. Consequently, while Sodality demands much of the Brothers it does not dictate how, when, or in what manner the majority of mandates are to be done.
SACRIFICE, requiring humility and courage
“Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.” - St. John of the Cross
He who would follow Christ must take up his cross. Catholics must therefore grow accustomed to sacrifice, principally of ourselves. As such, the Brotherhood is characterized by austerity: simple meals, plain clothes, pleasures denied. Poor in spirit, the Brothers are nevertheless rich in the joy of Christ. As life comes from death unto ourselves, so too does freedom come from discipline, and gain from sacrifice.