While there are various degrees
of living the enclosed monastic life, essentially the values remain
the same as of old: prayer, silence, necessary solitude, work,
study and relaxing recreations. All these are carefully guarded,
never losing that delicacy to the sensitivity of each person and
her needs, with that balance that allows psychological peace.
Daily Mass is celebrated at the
Monastery chapel. The Sisters chant the Divine Office (Liturgy
of the Hours) throughout the various times of the day. Thus is
the day sanctified while prayer never ceases for all peoples
of the world. At least two hours of the day are for mental prayer.
- Serenity rises within the human
heart when silence pervades the atmosphere. How many in our world
seek silence and find it not.
- Everyone longs for periods of
solitude; times of re-thinking and re-discovering eternal values.
The community provides blocks of time that one may remain alone.
- Each religious executes the
work of the Monastery and whatever particular work of a personal
talent. The community is self supporting and does remunerative
work for its self sufficiency. The hours of work are dispersed
throughout the day.
- The commitment to study cannot
be limited to the gaining of academic degrees and professional
qualifications. Rather, study is an expression of the unquenchable
desire for an ever deeper knowledge of God, the source of light
and all human truth. Commitment to study is an incentive to dialogue
and cooperation, a training in the capacity for judgment, a stimulus
to contemplation and prayer in the constant quest for the presence
and activity of God in the complex reality of today's world.
The intellectual life is nourished through reading, research
and study. This strong charism of the Dominican Order is never
neglected. Our well-stocked library is provided for the use of
the Sisters. Our daily schedule incorporates ample time for study
and private research.
- Silence gives way to laughter
and fun. In the evening walking and talking brings the community
together, exchanging and enjoying one another.
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