On Christmas Day, 1121, after spending a year in prayer and meditation, Norbert and his followers made their first profession of vows, thus founding the Canons Regular of Premontre, also known as the Premonstratensians or Norbertines. The men and women vowed to seek Christ by living in common, sharing all things in holy poverty, and dedicating themselves to ministering to God’s People. Norbert held up the example of the first Christians gathered around Mary, whose community life, as described in Acts 2: 42-47, was marked by the power of the Spirit, the sharing of all things and the desire to serve others. Norbert’s dream continues to find expression almost 900 years later in the lives and ministries of his followers throughout the world, imitating the Jerusalem Christian community in a life "ever ancient, ever new."
Happy Feast of Saint Norbert, Everyone! I'll update the blog once I'm released from Chapter this week! Together with the brothers, 'just living the dream!'