Religious life is a life lived for God, a life where the God Who loved us first is loved above all else, and thus a convent is to be a place where Christ reigns, a place where He is loved above all else, a place where life is centered on Him. With the blessing of a new convent, the Sisters have been able to experience anew this reality. The Sisters ordinarily make a little visit to the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day and when coming and going from the convent, asking Him to bless the souls encountered and to receive all that is done as an act of love. During the move while the Chapel was still being prepared, our Lord was not physically present in the Sacrament of His Love and His absence was tangible. How very grateful we were when Father brought us our Eucharistic Lord! And how much more grateful we are for the gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered for the first time this morning in our new chapel! Now our new earthly dwelling is truly a convent, a place where our Lord may be loved above all else.
"Its [the religious community's] center is the Eucharist in which the members of the community participate daily as far as possible and which is honored by having an oratory where the celebration can take place and where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved."
~ Essential Elements, 20
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