By quietly watching and praying through the night, I learn to live with the slow process of my own spiritual growth. I have no control over the future and I do not know exactly what will happen. I am asked only to stay awake and be ready because the light will surely come and will claim its victory over every form of darkness, despair, suffering, and death. . .The quality of our monastic search for God is mirrored in the way we watch for the coming of the Lord in our morning vigils. Monastic life will always mean a life of viligance and a concern for the awakened heart.
– Father Charles Cummings, OCSO