Canons Regular share a common father in Saint Augustine of Hippo, the author of the Rule they follow. His writings have always been for them a special source of spirituality, particularly in relation to an important theme in the life of canons : unity in charity.
Canons Regular do not, however, have their own spirituality. Their communities are an image in miniature, an “icon”, of the Church. The mystery in which they live and which they embody is – taking account of the difference in size and despite their weakness – the Church. It is within this framework that our own religious family feels the desire to get to know the spiritual tradition of the Eastern Church, so that we can work for the return of separated Christians to the Church founded on Peter and his successors.
This universality would not go well with a distinctive spirituality. Nonetheless, from its origins our religious family has dedicated itself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to learning from Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort and Saint Maximilian Kolbe. We believe that, far from narrowing our horizon as canons, Marian spirituality is commensurate with it. The Blessed Virgin is, after all, invoked in her litanies as “Mary, Mother of the Church”. We want to breathe this “atmosphere” so that we can better penetrate the mystery of the Church and live our vocation. Besides, is not this consecration to Mary, that we try to live and to spread, a consecration to God by Mary ? To belong to Mary is to belong more to Jesus Christ and to His Mystical Body, the Church.
Finally, devotion to St John the Evangelist has a special place among the Canons Regular of the Mother of God. We experience it as a link between the various aspects of our spirituality : Saint John was an Apostle and a contemplative, he was the founder of Churches in the East, he was chosen by the Redeemer as the son of Mary at the foot of the Cross. Our family regards him as a model.