My oldest friend, mine from the hour
When first I drew my breath;
My faithful friend, that shall be mine,
Unfailing, till my death;
As a contemplative-active community, our Sisters go into the world for ministry while still keeping a contemplative spirit at heart. An important element of this contemplative spirit is the practice of silence. In general, we spend most of our day in "simple silence" which means that the Sisters only talk for reasons of charity or duties. This doesn't mean we walk everywhere like silent zombies with solemn blank faces - anyone who knows us can attest! - but it does mean that we try to save chatter or funny stories for our times of "recreation".
A little while ago, I showed a picture to my second graders that caught their attention. It was a drawing of a Sister in a black and white habit teaching school children. A hand goes up, “Sister, why is the Sister wearing black?”
"As her humble daughters we strive to magnify Our Lady's role in the Church. Mary reflected on the divine mysteries in her heart, so we seek to anchor the work of our apostolate in contemplation. Just as she modeled intercessory prayer when she told her Son, "they have no wine", we offer our intercessory prayer for the needs of the Church."
- MSSR Constitutions -