Monday, May 4, 2009

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Nuns were an important part of my formative years. Maybe this is why I have love for the religious life. Every now and then I will post articles about women and men in religious life. My hope is that these posts may draw some of you to consider the consecrated life - it is a beautiful way to serve Our Lord.

The following paragraphs are taken from the "Benedictines of Mary" website.
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles is a traditional monastic community of women who desire to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in the giving of herself to God to fulfill His Will, especially in her role of assistance by prayer and work to the Apostles, first priests of the Catholic Church. Society in these latter days is in obvious dire need of re-evangelization and sanctification through the ministry in particular of the sacred priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. Although times have changed, the divine mission committed to the first Apostles, as well as the needs of those to whom they were sent, have not. It is our ideal to imitate Our Lady's retirement from the world in quiet seclusion, as well as her apostolic charity. Consecrated entirely to her and filled with her spirit, which is none other than the Holy Spirit of God, we aspire to be, to the successors of the Apostles in our times, what she was to them in the beginning: behind-the-scenes encouragement, assistance and support.

Our charism, therefore,is to be united at the foot of the Cross with Our Lady who
receives the mercy and grace,that blood and water which Our Lord's Heart cannot contain, for His priests in the person of St. John. We are simply vessels in her hands;she fills us, and only to pour us out again. This explains our joy! With the sacred contents, she nourishes and strengthens the priest in his spiritual life, washes him from the contagion of the world, and quenches his thirst after preaching the Word. Being sent to bring God's mercy and His life to the nations, they are a "light shining in the darkness".

The Benedictines of Mary

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