Penitential Practices
of Our Monastery


            Following the Catholic Catechism (#1427 ff), our first works of penance are daily efforts at interior conversion of the heart, as we seek purity of body, mind and spirit, and ever deeper union with the Beloved.


            The Catholic Catechism (#1435) says that “taking up one’s cross each day and following Jesus is the surest way of penance.”  We express this interior penance in the traditional ways of fasting, prayer and works of mercy.  The first thing any Christian must “fast” from is sin.  And living closely together in community provides countless opportunities to show mercy in seen and unseen ways.


            There is a book floating around vocation circles that says Passionist Nuns whip themselves with small leather lashes to share in the pain of Christ’s flogging.  Our monastery does not engage in that practice.


            The communal penitential practices in use in our monastery are as follows:

             Recall also that Our Lady at Fatima called the entire Church to prayer and penance for the salvation of immortal souls.  She lamented that souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.  Mary herself taught the children of Fatima to say when something was difficult for them: “O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

            Our goal as Brides of the Crucified, is to live an authentic life of prayer and sacrifice in order to extend the fruits of Our Lord’s bitter Passion and Death to the greatest possible number of souls.  It will be our great joy one day in heaven to see those who are there because of our hidden lives of prayer and sacrifice!


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