"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord."
Our contemplative vocation calls us to a life of silent prayer centered on the mystery of the Eucharist.
We want to follow Saint John the Evangelist in order to take Mary into our home (Jn 19:27) and, with her, be united to Jesus offering His life to the Father.
Solitude and silence allow us to deepen our personal relationship with Christ and the Virgin Mary.
“Go, and take the little scroll which is open is in the hand of the angel…”
An important source for our life is our lectio divina. Following the example of the Fathers of the Church and of St. Thomas Aquinas, we seek to understand ever more profoundly the truth contained in this divine word.
Throughout the week, we have several ways to do our lectio divina: alone in the silence of our cells, or together in small groups. Our intention is to receive the word as it is written, without transforming it or diminishing its meaning, in order to hear God speaking to our hearts. We like to take a small passage and be attentive to each word, or to research a particular theme throughout Scripture.
These daily encounters with the Word of God are vital, as they nourish our faith, inform our prayer, and allow us to hear the voice of Jesus, our Friend.
To respond to Jesus’ command to love one another as he loved us, we strive to live fraternal charity in joy, mutual trust and the gift of ourselves to our sisters.
Our daily community life includes Eucharistic adoration, Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, Bible studies, philosophy and theology classes, study groups, recreation, artisanal work, daily chores, and sports.
"See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."
1 John 3:1
"Today, as never before, the Church has the opportunity of bringing the Gospel, by witness and word, to all people and nations. ... Peoples everywhere, open the doors to Christ!"
-Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, paragraphs p.92.1, 3.1
Like St. Therese of Lisieux, cloistered Carmelite and patroness of the missions, we profoundly desire to spread the light of Christ to all nations, first of all in prayer. A sister may go to any of our convents on six continents, in very diverse circumstances. While we have no active apostolate, we seek to carry the people around us in our prayer, and to be a presence of joy and hope for them in an often dark and confusing world.