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Does anyone know of a religious order which is both contemplative of God and the Divine Mysteries and intellectual, studying the scriptures, fathers, and Saints? 

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Lilllabettt
4 hours ago, Count Claydus said:

Does anyone know of a religious order which is both contemplative of God and the Divine Mysteries and intellectual, studying the scriptures, fathers, and Saints? 

A lot of communities/orders/congregations fit that descrption. Including Dominicans, Benedictines, Jesuits, Carmelites ... the Franciscans are not known for study but  there's St Anthony who is a doctor of the church. It's always going to be a question of emphasis.  

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chrysostom

Dominicans do indeed spring to mind - I know a few who were permitted, and encouraged, to bring their personal libraries of books into the novitiate. They revel in contemplation of God through study.

On the other hand, a contemplative life almost always goes hand in hand with study of Sacred Scripture, the fathers, and such. Lillabettt is also right about this being common to many communities.

What's an example of emphasis? Take a Benedictine. (Please excuse me, any Benedictine lurkers, if I do not describe this well.) The lifeblood of the monk is the Divine Office and Mass, in community, suffusing each day. Daily lectio divina gives the mind opportunity to digest the psalms he sings and other texts, and to contemplate God through them. And then, according to his task in the monastery he may have study or some other labor as his particular work assigned by the abbot. But one does not go to the monastery in order to become an intellectual, one goes in order to prefer nothing to Christ by imitating him in obedience - which may or may not, according to the abbot's assessment of the community's needs and your needs, involve contemplative study in the end! It will vary from place to place, province to province.

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