“Just as in the Upper Room, Mary in her heart, with her prayerful presence, watched over the origins of the Church, so too now the Church’s journey is entrusted to the loving hearts and praying hands of cloistered nuns.”
The gift of our cloistered contemplative vocation is not a private, personal search for God and his love. It is a call to participate, like Our Lady, in the redemptive work of Jesus through an ongoing liturgy of praise and adoration, intercession and reparation for the good of all souls.
Prayer is not something allocated to a portion of our day, nor is it simply the saying of prayers. The more we grow in God’s life and grace prayer becomes a way of living, a way of being.
All too often we hear “there just isn’t enough time in the day!” And, admittedly, we too, have to be careful not to get caught up in the treadmill of the “stuff “ of life.
In the contemplative way of life, the priority of our day is prayer. And so, our schedule is woven around the times and hours reserved for the daily celebration of the Eucharist, the Hours of the Divine Office, spiritual reading and two hours reserved for meditation and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, both morning and evening
Our fidelity to prayers journey becomes like the very air we breath. Without this prayerful presence to Christ we are sure to wither and stagnate.
Through our life of prayer we give visible witness to God who dwells within the human heart; to God who shares our burdens and joys; who holds us in being, and who loves us with an unquenchable love.
“Your prayer is a conversation with God. When you read, it is God who is speaking; when you pray, it is with God with whom you speak.”