"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 -
As part of our ongoing formation in religious life, each Sister reads The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O. This classic work was originally written in French around the turn of the twentieth century. Dom Chautard addresses an audience primarily of priests, but his advice is applicable to religious and laity as well. What advice does he give? Only that which he himself learned and practiced through much experience.
This was Dom Chautard’s first of many experiences of the inestimable value of prayer and the interior life, not only for the welfare of the soul but for God’s Will being accomplished in his apostolic endeavors as well. In The Soul of the Apostolate, the devout Cistercian teaches the priority of prayer and our relationship with God above all things. It is only from this fount of deep personal encounter that the Christian’s duties and activities, especially as they relate to promoting the Kingdom of God, become truly fruitful.
Through prayer, our apostolates are enlivened and made fruitful!