The Capuchin Reform put strong emphasis on a return to a contemplative life and the primacy of prayer in the brother’s daily life. The Constitutions state:
It is especially appropriate to imitate our first brothers by a return to their original inspiration, that is, to the life and Rule of our Father Francis. Following their footprints, let us strive to give priority to a life of prayer, especially contemplative prayer.
In addition to the Constitutions, other Capuchin authors and documents give concrete expression to this “priority of prayer” in the life of the brothers. The following are a few examples.