We believe that God offers us a partnership that is both human and divine. The human part of the partnership draws God into our own character, elevating our meaning for life and sense of identity. The divine part infuses us with eternal spiritual values and the fulfilment of knowing God. When we spiritually mature this partnership we find a beautiful union with God that fills our everyday life, a union that Jesus of Nazareth revealed to humanity in his perfect partnership with God—Father fusion. The calling to form a monastery naturally grew out of the desire to come away from the world to embrace this fullness of Jesus’ own union with God, to be like him, and to hold the space for others with a similar calling. This is the religious basis of our contemplative lives at SEASEM and the source of our profound joy.