“Consecrated Life Corner”
Do cloistered Nuns have an apostolate?
Here is what the Church teaches:
“The pilgrim Church is by her very nature missionary; therefore mission is also essential to Institutes of contemplative life. Cloistered nuns fulfill that mission by dwelling at the missionary heart of the Church, by means of constant prayer, the oblation of self and the offering of the sacrifice of praise.
Their life thus becomes a mysterious source of apostolic fruitfulness and blessing for the Christian community and for the whole world.
The Church is deeply aware and, without hesitation she forcefully proclaims, that there is an intimate connection between prayer and the spreading of the Kingdom of God, between prayer and the conversion of hearts, between prayer and the fruitful reception of the saving and uplifting Gospel message.
The specific contribution of nuns to evangelization, to ecumenism, to the growth of the Kingdom of God in the different cultures, is eminently spiritual. It is the soul and leaven of apostolic ventures, leaving the practical implementation of them to those whose vocation it is.
And since those who become the absolute property of God become God's gift to all, the life of nuns is truly a gift set at the heart of the mystery of ecclesial communion, accompanying the apostolic mission of those who exert themselves in proclaiming the Gospel.
As a reflection and radiation of their contemplative life, nuns offer to the Christian community and to the world of today, more than ever in need of true spiritual values, a silent proclamation of the mystery of God and a humble witness to it, thus keeping prophecy alive in the nuptial heart of the Church.” (Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life: Verbi Sponsa, #7)
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If you are struggling in discerning whether God is Calling we are happy to assist you in any way we can with the question of your vocation. Our intention is not to recruit, but to work with the Holy Spirit in the discernment of God's will. Please feel free to write with any questions you may have. Or if you would like more information at this time, you can contact us to share with us your requests by clicking on the picture below on the right Vocation Information.
To share information or more about our Passionist Charism just click on the first picture above on the left for: The Contemplative Vocation, center picture for: The Sign - the special insignia of every Passionist, the picture on the right above for: Vocation Information.
To Share the Sister's stories and meditative prayer just click on the first picture on the left for: Novice Sr. Lucia Marie's Vocation Story, the center picture for:Explore A Passionist Vocation, the picture on the right for: Vocation Stories.
We continually find that our Passionist charism and contemplative way of life is not well known. Even though our religious Institute has been in existence since 1771, the good news about the cloistered Passionist vocation still remains somewhat hidden in the shadow of the cross, and there are strange ideas often floating around about it. This has prompted us to start a column here that will.."...Read More
With the pictures above we hope to acquaint you with three aspects of our way of life. To learn about more aspects of our life just go to "Mother's Notebook" which lists many more! Just click on the first picture on the left for: The Holy Eucharist, the center picture for: Our Passionist Habit, the picture on the right for: The Passionist Vows.
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