WE SHOULD GO TO PRAYER WITH DEEP HUMILITY
AND AN AWARENESS OF OUR NOTHINGNESS.
WE MUST INVOKE THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THAT OF OUR GOOD ANGEL,
AND THEN REMAIN STILL IN GOD’S PRESENCE, FULL OF FAITH,
THAT HE IS MORE IN US THAN WE ARE IN OURSELVES.
St. Jane de Chantal
As the seeds and flowers need to be nurtured and watered, so do they need the warmth of the sun. Prayer is our sunshine, the Son of God warming our hearts with His grace and love ! Our day begins with an hour of meditative prayer in the Eucharistic presence of the Lord, preparing us for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Having been spiritually fed with the Eucharist, we then nourish ourselves with a simple breakfast.
The hours of our day are consecrated by the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, the prayer of the Church. Morning Prayer consecrates the beginning of our new day followed by a morning of ministry and work. We then return to the chapel to be spiritually nourished again by psalms, scripture and readings from the Fathers of the Church which make up the liturgical hour called the Office of Readings. After our noon meal, Midday Prayer consecrates our afternoon, consisting of a welcomed rest, personal time, and spiritual reading which renews us for another period of ministry and work for the Lord through each other. As evening descends upon us, we place ourselves again in the Eucharistic presence of the Lord for a half an hour of meditative prayer followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary and Evening Prayer, the liturgical hour which closes the day in gratitude for all we have given and received. Our evening meal is followed by a time of recreation with our sisters, a time to share, converse, relax and laugh in the joy of the Spirit ! And then as dark descends upon us, we move into Night Prayer, thanking God for the blessings of this day, as we ask Him to “watch over us as we sleep”. This monastic rhythm of our day is called a horarium which unites us in prayer, work, and community in a bond of love and charity.
Shared Prayer or Faith Sharing is also a way of bonding with each other as we come to know and understand what is deep within one’s heart. In this sharing, many times the inner beauty of a soul is revealed which is sometimes shadowed by our outer selves in the midst of the challenges of daily living.
It is the desire of our Holy Founder, Saint Francis de Sales, that we be “daughters of prayer in the Church and daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus .” Our Lord appeared to our sister, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, in our monastery of Paray – le – Monial, Fance. In these revelations he entrusted to us the deep love of His Sacred Heart and His desire that we spread this love of His Heart throughout the world.
We express our love for Mary, our Mother, in a special way in her mystery of the Visitation and in the prayer of her most Holy Rosary. In the words of our Holy Founder, “our little congregation is the work of the hearts of Jesus and Mary, our dying Savior gave birth to us from the wound of His Sacred Heart.”