Thursday, January 17, 2008

Our vocation is a 'mystery'...

"...a gift of God, a call revealing itself only gradually -an irresistible attraction drawing us to the Lord, freeing our hearts from attachment to material things and enabling us to freely offer ourselves in love to the Lord.

"Like St. Paul we 'consider everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord'. (Phil 3:8)

"Being nuns of the Order of Preachers means that we belong to the worldwide Dominican Family - friars, nuns, Sisters, laity - who try to centre their lives on the Word of God.

"The friars, sisters and laity of the Order preach the name of the Lord Jesus throughout the world while the nuns seek, ponder and call upon Him in solitude - so that the word proceeding from the mouth of God may not return to Him empty, but may accomplish those things for which it was sent."

(from the website of the Monastery of St Catherine of Siena
a community of contemplative Dominican nuns in Ireland)

(see also the blog of Contemplative Dominican Nuns in New Jersey:

Happy Vocations Awareness Week!