This is the second year to take the Exodus journey, this year I wanted to grow in prayer and be more loving in my family. All though going in, I felt like I had this pretty easy, because this was year two. Nope!! I had a very needed lesson in humility. This year was difficult but worthwhile as new bonds were made and willpower tested. It was difficult to be doing an Exodus being homebound for the home stretch but it pointed to the fact that, at least for me, I needed God for this. I have grown in both love of God as well as love of family. Thank you!!
“There is no status quo in the spiritual or moral life. There is either progress or regression. We are always moving (either) backwards or forwards.” – Samuel’s Summit–Day 34 reflection.
Almost one year ago, on Easter Sunday 2019, our fraternity completed Exodus 90. Our brothers and I had never experienced the closeness with God, and with each other, that we felt at that moment, as well as the freedom we found from submitting ourselves to Christ – “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).
We decided to take some time to enjoy this achievement, celebrate our hard-won freedom and enjoy a warm shower again! As we did, though, we noticed ourselves subtly slipping over time. Perhaps it began with skipping daily prayer one day or skipping a workout another. We quickly came to the conclusion that without a continued commitment to daily prayer and fasting, without some continued form of asceticism, without our continued commitment to each other as Christian brothers, we would soon find ourselves back where we began.
It was then that we decided to continue with the Day 91 exercises. We found them invaluable in maintaining our hard-fought-for freedom and growth as Christian men. Through these exercises, we came to realize that Exodus 90 was not the end of a journey but a beginning. That we are pilgrims on this path walking by the Light of Truth, encouraged by those ahead of us and encouraging those around us. It’s a hard and narrow path, but it is the only path that leads to Life. Day 91 is helping us to stay on it. Viva Cristo Rey!
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I have done Exodus 3 times in as many years and I hold that this is the kind of movement that will form the saints of our time. Going into my freshman year at NC State, God was acquainting me with suffering. There was a major medical problem in my family and I had entered into a spiritual desolation in which God seemed far from me.
By His grace, I came to have an understanding of the theology of suffering and a desire for it. Then, He provided me with Exodus. The growth I saw in myself only left me with one question as Easter and Day 91 approached, “Why do we stop?” I wrestled with this question for a few months and the answer came during a conversation with a Benedictine monk. He quoted the Rule of St. Benedict, “The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.” (Chpt. 49)
I see this now as an early sign of my vocation, which I had been discerning for a year. I am now set to enter the Norbertine community of St. Michael’s Abbey in the Fall where, God-willing, I will one day be a priest.
– Connor Szurgot