Wed 22 Sep, 2010
People sometimes ask why we don’t make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Our Benedictine vows come from the Rule of Saint Benedict, which was written centuries before poverty, chastity and obedience became the standard vows.
Saint Benedict’s vows (or promises as he called them) are stability, conversatio and obedience.
- Stability is a commitment of lifelong fidelity to God and our Congregation.
- Conversatio is a commitment to embrace all of monastic life as a path to holiness and conversion. This includes poverty or simplicity of life and chastity.
- Obedience is a vow of listening, responsive love to the voice of God as it comes to us through prayer, the Rule of Saint Benedict, Scripture, our prioress and our Sisters.
We come together four times each day to chant the Psalms and listen to Scripture, as well as having daily Eucharist. We spend about 2 1/2 hours each day in personal prayer. This includes lectio divina (prayer with Scripture), adoration, contemplative prayer and individual devotions.
Each day is a gift from our Lord, and we greet the dawn of every morning with contentment of our faithfulness and calling to this wonderful life. Learn more about our monastic and community life here.
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