Rule of Life
As indicated above, each Associate must develop a Rule of Life which incorporates and expresses the principles, values and disciplines outlined . This can best be done in consultation with a pastor, spiritual director or trusted friend, so that we might avoid, on the one hand, the danger of being unrealistic or overly scrupulous and, on the other hand, the danger of shrinking back from the challenge of Christian growth.
The Rule must be accepted by the Director of Associates. It may be revised as necessary. Any significant changes should be reported to the Director of Associates.
Current members of either the Confraternity of the Christian Life or of the Associates of Holy Cross may elect to continue under their present Rule indefinitely.
Each Associate will report annually to the Director of Associates within one month of Holy Cross Day, September 14. The report will include the results of a review of the Rule of Life by the Associate in consultation with his or her pastor, spiritual director or trusted friend.
Each Associate will set aside time for at least one annual retreat, preferably at one of the houses of the Order. If a formal retreat is not possible, the Associate may develop an alternative means of setting time aside, such as parish quiet days or individual days of reflection.
Support of the Order
In thanksgiving for the support the monks offer in open-hearted hospitality, in prayer, and in their examples of intentional living, each Associate will in turn support the Order with regular prayer and with financial and whatever other support they can. All donations should be made payable to Mt Calvary, PO Box 1296, Santa Barbara CA 93102. cannot acce .
Associates are remembered regularly in the prayers of the Order. They may wear the Associate's cross.
Membership is open to men and women of all Christian denominations after serving a probationary period of at least six months.