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In Omnibus Caritas

Last Tuesday night was dark—the moon only a slender crescent, no streetlight near our driveway, no lights on across the street, and the light in our own driveway burned out. It was garbage night, and besides the deep darkness, what was unusual was that all of us were outside together, arranging the garbage and the […]

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To Seek God

From Sister Joan Chittister’s book, The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life: …Mother Sylvester, my first prioress, made two trips to our novitiate yearly. In both of them, she came to ask us only one question. Patience was her hallmark; she tutored us with measured steps. In fact, she viewed with […]

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I live in community and know first hand the value of communal life. My religious sisters have taught me much about the love of God. Even Christians who are not called to religious life, however, learn the importance of community in one form or another (though this may not be community under one roof), since […]

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The Soul of Prayer

Between 1877 and 1926, the Cenacle had only one Superior General: Mother Marie-Aimée Lautier.  Imagine! 49 years leading the congregation.  (Today twelve years is the limit.) Many changes took places during her time, including opening thirty Cenacles in several countries. Several of these communities were in the United States. One thing that did not change, […]

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Visit This House

We chanted the following prayer tonight, and I thought you might also like to pray it.  For those familiar with Compline, you will recognize the first two and the last two lines.  The other sources of the prayer are multiple. Visit this house, O God, that no evil may reside here. Cleanse our hearts and […]

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