SSPX USA Video: What is a Brother?
On my first Ignatian retreat in Ridgefield, Connecticut, I remember sitting by the fire, reading Christian Warfare, preparing for my first confession (I'm an adult convert). While I was reading, a man dressed in a cassock walked in to stoke the fire and sweep up the solarium. I had recently sprained my ankle, and needed an ice-pack, so I walked over to this man and whispered "Excuse me Father, who can I talk to to get a cold compress?" The man looked at me, smiled and said "Oh I'm not a priest, I'm just a brother."
I was puzzled. A brother? What's that? Is that like a priest in training? A monk? A glorified altar boy? I had absolutely no idea what a brother was, what they did, and why he was always so busy running around the priory doing work.
It was only after the retreat that I was able to have a proper conversation with Brother Benedict, who explained to me who he is, what he does, and why he is doing it. It was amazing to learn that there are still men in the world who are willing to give their lives to the service of God, in support of the priests, in what can be a rather thankless position.
Not for an earthly reward. Not for fame. Not for recognition of a job well done. All this, done for Charity. For love of God. For the salvation of souls.
Check out this video released by the SSPX to learn about the new brothers novitiate in Winona, Minnesota. Maybe you are being called to give your life to Our Lord...