"Numquam Reformatur...Never Reformed becasue never deformed" was not created by the Carthusians but by a Pope trying
to praise them.
A true story that a Spanish Carthusian Prior once told about the Order and its penchant for hiding its saints.
It is summarized in this real motto composed by the Carthusians: "Not to proclaim saints, but to make them!"
A Carthusian had died in the Night.
As is the custom, the Community was going to bury
him in the morning after the Conventual High Mass.
A Lay Brother was digging the grave by opening
a previously used grave.
(The Cemeteries are small and the Carthusians practice poverty even in
death by recycling the graves and sharing them with the next generation. They do this on a one hundred year cycle, by making
only about one hundred year’s worth of graves in the small cemeteries. Since they are normally buried on in their habits
without a coffin, they recycle quickly enough for this to work pretty well.)
The Lay Brother unearthed
an incorrupt body in that particular grave.
Not sure of what to do, the Lay Brother went to the
He told the Prior: "I’ve found an incorrupt saint".
He asked, "What should I do?"
The Prior said, "Blessed be God! Go quickly, tell no one. Close that
grave up, and try opening up the next one."
So the Lay Brother obediently did as he was told, and
finished just in time for the Burial of that day.
And all remained very well in that Charterhouse of hidden