As pray-ers striving to keep our hearts ardently focused on the Lord, we monks are inspired by the life and praying of Saint John Vianney, the Curé of Ars.
Prayer, formed by the
liturgical life, draws everything into the love by which we are loved in Christ
and which enables us to respond to him by loving as he has loved us. Love is the
source of prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the
words of the
Curé of Ars,
" I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you
until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I
would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and
the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . My God, if my tongue cannot
say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as
often as I draw breath."
from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2658.