An early 17th-century prayer card to Bruno of Cologne, founder of the Order of Carthusians. Bruno had been a lecturer in grammar and theology at the cathedral school of Rheims, but spurred by his desire to become a monk, he left his office, lived for awhile as a solitary, then moved to the diocese of Grenoble. There Bishop Hugo offered him and his followers territory in Carthusia, where an oratory surrounded by cells was built. The rule of the new ordered joined the religious life inspired by Saint Benedict with the lifestyle of monks in Egypt and Palestine, and most importantly observed a strict vow of silence.
A meditation from Luke on worldly contempt reads, Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
This meditation is followed by an injunction to pray for the Pope.