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Should my fraternity do day 91?

What is day 91?

How do we get started?

What if my fraternity isn't certain yet?

Can new men join day 91 exercises?

Freedom vs. Formation

Fraternity

What to do

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Should my Fraternity do day 91?

The Day 91 exercises are the clearest way to live a life of prayer, asceticism, and Fraternity, the clearest way to keep from sliding back after your first Exodus spiritual exercise (Exodus 90, Lent, or Advent), the clearest way to keep moving forward, the clearest way to keep developing as a man. The choice to slide back or move forward is up to you. What will you choose?


What is Day 91?
Day 91 is a response to the cry for a clear way forward from years of Exodus Men before you. It is a specific, unifying, way for you and your fraternity to celebrate your accomplishment, learn how to defend your newfound freedom, and in fraternity with men around the world, keep following Christ forward. 

Day 91 is a series of spiritual exercises set up like Exodus 90 (but not as intense).

The series begins with a feast at Reflection Oasis. From there the path ahead leads into the Day 91 Backcountry, through each of the pillars of personal formation (human, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic) led by the narrative Scriptures of Salvation History straight to the perfect man himself, Jesus Christ. Are you ready to keep moving forward? Are you ready to Feast? This is Day 91.


How do we get started?
Decide with your fraternity what your plan is for Day 91. Will you make your own plan for the ongoing life of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity with a daily reading of scriptures, reflections, and time as a fraternity? Or, will you meet at Reflection Oasis keeping up not only your unified bonds with each other, but also your bonds with thousands of other Exodus Men around the world?

If you choose to start your Day 91 plans at Reflection Oasis, here are the two simple steps to starting.

  1. Select a start date.
    If your fraternity already understands the benefits of making strides towards Reflection Oasis then your step here is to decide on a start Date. You can start Reflection Oasis the day after your first Exodus spiritual exercise (Exodus 90, Lent, or Advent) ends if you want, but most men will set their start date for about 2 weeks out from their last exercise end date.

    2. Set the start date for Reflection Oasis in the app.
    Once your fraternity has agreed upon a start date, each brother needs to go in and set the date.
    -From the Home screen of the app select the Exercise tab in the lower right hand side of the screen
    -In the exercise tab select the Human Formation Range.
    -There you will see a "Start" button under Reflection Oasis. Hit the start button
    -When prompted, set the date your fraternity will begin Reflection Oasis in the designated space.
    -Hit Next and you are done. 

What if my fraternity isn't certain yet?
If your fraternity can't yet see the need for Reflection Oasis, no worries. Be patient with them. Nearly every Exodus Man sees the need for ongoing structure in their life of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity within 1-4 weeks after the end of their first Exodus spiritual exercise (Exodus 90, Lent, or Advent) . As you focus on finishing your first Exodus spiritual exercise together, your next step is to select a date to celebrate. That is, set your next fraternity meeting after the end of your first Exodus spiritual exercise. There, you can revisit the topic. Or at least assure that your fraternity keeps meeting together. 

Whether your fraternity is ready to set a start date today, or they need a couple weeks to breathe, keep meeting as a fraternity. If you do this, the Lord will bless you and those you love through you.  

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us.


Can new men join Day 91 exercises?

Have you completed your first Exodus spiritual exercise and are going through the Day 91 Exercises? Great, we're glad you're here! If you know someone who would like to join your fraternity at this point, even though he has never done an Exodus 90, Lent or Advent spiritual exercise, he can join your fraternity, though we would encourage him to start at Exodus 90 with a different group of men. Here's why:


Freedom vs. Formation

Freedom is a huge part of formation and, in fact, one of the best starting blocks to formation. For if we are not free from the things that have formed us in the past, then we hinder our ability to be formed by Christ. The Exodus 90, Lent, and Advent spiritual exercises are all about freedom; Day 91 is all about formation. The order here is set for the good of the men.


Fraternity

There's also a whole separate aspect of fraternity that ought to be respected. Fraternities of men who have gone through something hard together, like Exodus 90, have a unique bond. A fraternity of men such as this has likely been more vulnerable with each other than they would normally be with other friends or acquaintances. This unique bond and level of fraternal vulnerability is not something that should be entered into or slipped out of lightly. Real trust can be shaken or withheld when a new man joins a fraternity, possibly stunting the growth of that fraternity, even if just for a period of time.

This doesn't mean fraternities can't add a new member. Though, it does mean that any addition or subtraction should be patiently considered and discussed well amongst the fraternity. As much as it could be taken as such, a well-discerned decision to not add a new man to an existing fraternity is neither an insult, nor is it rude. It can simply be a healthy decision for the good of the ongoing growth of each member of the fraternity and the fraternity as a whole. Especially in places where there are more men who could start a new fraternity.


What to do

The suggested way forward would be to find 5-7 men in your area, even if you don't know them as well as some men already in a fraternity, and take up Exodus 90 with them. You can start Exodus 90 at any time. Here is our link to help you get started:


If, for whatever reason, you cannot find any other men to do Exodus 90 with (and you have tried), then yes, the app will allow you to enter into Day 91 exercises with an active fraternity even though you have not done Exodus 90. It is certainly better to be a part of an ongoing fraternity than left alone. May the Lord bless you and the men you make this journey with, whomever they may be.


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"Further up and further in!"

-The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

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