allow herself to be guided by Him... a soul, in short, who can say: for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,
then you can indubitably recognize her for a spouse of the Word." ~ St. Bernard
relationships in our life: Daughter, Spouse, Mother.
We share St. Teresa's ardent love of Holy Mother Church and strive to live each day as faithful daughters of the Church. Entering into our charism to "communicate the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Catholic faith by living the fullness of the Church's liturgical life," each Sister strives to personally integrate and live the richness of the Church's liturgy, prepared at all times to share of this treasury with the souls in her care.
Confident in His promise to remain with His Church until the end and His guiding gift of the Holy Spirit, she faithfully teaches the beautiful truths that her Spouse has entrusted to His Holy Church.
Mary, Mother of the Church and our Mother, share
with us your great love for Christ and His Church!
image of it, since it more clearly expresses the impulse towards the Bridegroom." ~ Verbi Sponsa
Her public vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience bind the Sister to following Christ's life most closely, but more importantly, they bind her to the Person of Christ in a spousal relationship. This relationship is at the heart of her consecration and the source of her personal sanctification. In quiet contemplation, in the sacrifice of self for souls in the apostolate, in the joy of community celebrations, in the sorrows of human life, in the sufferings particular to her call, the Sister is united with her Spouse in His prayer, His sacrifice, His joys, His suffering for our sins. From this union the Sister derives the graces she needs to personally grow in holiness, the grace to be fruitful in His vineyard.
"I gave myself to Love Divine,
and Oh! my lot so changed is,
that my Beloved One is mine
and I at last am surely His!
~ St. Teresa of Avila
so that others can have life and hope. The Church needs consecrated persons who, even before committing themselves to the service of this or that noble cause, allow themselves to be transformed by God's grace and
conform themselves fully to the Gospel. VC 105
As a faithful daughter of the Church and Spouse of Christ, the Sister is impelled by love to cherish in her heart each of the souls He has created, holding them as her spiritual children whether they are known to her or not. She carries them before His throne each day in the liturgy of the Church and strives to share His Person and His Truth clearly and lovingly with the souls entrusted to her particular care. It is through her intimate relationship with Christ, her Divine Bridegroom, that the Sister is enabled to bring forth divine life in the children He has given her, be they eight or eighty.
As an extension of our liturgical charism, our maternal love, prayer, and support is particularly extended to Christ among us in His priests.Without the priest, we cannot encounter our love-offered Spouse at Calvary in the Mass and our relationship to the Church would be incomplete. Our primary support of our priests is given through our life of prayer and hidden sacrifices offered for Christ, His Church, and in a special way, His priests. Each Sister gives to the priests she encounters and works with the respect and assistance that is in her ability to give as an act of loving reverence to Christ.
May Our Lady keep our priests very near to the
Heart of her Divine Son, the Eternal High Priest!