Contemplatives in Action
Sisters praying in adorationThe Servant of Mary, by her vocation, is called to be contemplative in action. Our prayer life must be deep and intense. We shall attach great importance to personal and community prayer in order to become souls saturated with prayer at the service of the apostolate, in such a way that it may derive its strength from contemplation, this in turn giving it impulse.
We shall make no distinction between our prayer life and our apostolic life. If we truly possess a living faith and we are capable of discovering Christ in the countenance of each one of our patients, then our going from the chapel to the bedside of the sick will not in any way interrupt our dialogue with Christ; we will continue loving Him where and how we find Him, ever alert to the slightest demand he may wish to make of us. In this contemplative spirit, the caring of our patient will be made easy and we shall daily experience a renewed enthusiasm in respecting, loving and lavishing upon him all the services her requires.
Personal prayer is an absolutely indispensable element for insuring the authentic vitality of our interior life.
As Servants of Mary all our apostolic efforts and those concerning our own sanctification that do not stem from intimate union with God or do not promote it will remain barren, since without Him we can do nothing worthwhile and effective (Jn 15,5), and He must always be the supreme objective of our evangelical plan of life. Our primary and most excellent apostolic contribution to the building up of the Mystical Body of Christ and to universal salvation will always be prayer, works of penance and the example of our own lives by the exact fulfillment of our duties.
From the first stages of formation, emphasis is given to this characteristic trait of our spirituality which prepares us to listen to and meditate on the Word of God and to seek His divine will manifested in the events of daily life and through those who, as mediators of God, guide us along these paths. This contemplative attitude helps us participate more effectively in the saving mission of Christ by the gift of our sacrificial love for others, understood as an essential requirement of our consecration and spirituality. The Virgin in a stained glass windowThe Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and model for consecrated persons, will always be our model and guide on this way. She is an immaculate mirror in which the Servant of Mary must see herself in order to reach the summit of her spiritual life (cf. VC 28).