Our prayers are something that God deeply desires. But our prayers are not for His benefit; as a perfect Divine Being, God is complete in His power and knowledge.  Called by God, like Mary, to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words (cf. Lk.10:39) they are converted to the Lord, withdrawing from the empty preoccupations and illusions of the world. Forgetting what lies behind and reaching out for what lies ahead (cf. Phil. 3:13), they are consecrated to God by public vows through profession of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. In purity and humility of heart, in living and assiduous contemplation, they love Christ, who is close to the Father’s heart.


It’s worth noting that, in the monastery, prayer is not the work we do but life we live. It is the very atmosphere we live in and the air we breathe. Though we have set times for prayer, in fact, every movement in the cloister is a prayer. Our relationship with prayer in the cloister is like that of the fish in the ocean.