Listening and pondering the Word in silence, a part of the monastic tradition from the earliest Christian centuries, has been continued and enriched within the Order of Preachers from the beginning of the thirteenth century. There are more than two hundred monasteries throughout the world where Dominican contemplative women have been drawn by the word of Christ and His Spirit to search for truth, to seek God, to worship the Father, to long for the coming of the kingdom, to pray for the salvation of all.
We are often asked, "What do you do all day?" Most nuns would find it easy enough to respond to that question. Along with the community celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, each sister spends a few hours each day in private prayer, reflective prayerful reading, and in study. We work (within the monastery) to help support ourselves and we are not exempted from the usual household chores.
But behind the question about what we do, there often seem to lurk a number of other questions: Why? How? What attitudes help you to pray? What is your work and how is it related to your prayers? What is the dynamic between community and solitude? How is your life a response to the Gospel?
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