PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY
Jesus lived in union with his Father, the center and source of his life. He often went alone to the mountain to pray, he took part in temple worship and he taught his disciples to pray. Mary lived in union with God, the center of her life. She pondered the word in her heart and allowed Jesus to be formed in her. As missionary sisters, we strive to imitate Jesus and Mary, seeking union with God through personal and communal prayer.
The spirituality of our founder, Fr. John Joseph Sigstein, was greatly influenced by the life of a 17th century missionary, St. Louis de Montfort. French Spirituality, prevalent at that time through the 20th century, centered on the Incarnation, the indwelling of the Trinity, and the place of Mary in the Christian life as well as Mission and commitment to those living in situations of poverty. Like de Montfort, Fr. Sigstein had a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother as well as a great compassion for those who were neglected and/or living in situations of poverty.
This Spirituality is sometimes referred to as the French School, and gave rise to a great variety of congregations and families of religious life founded in this period. Today we are exploring our "spiritual roots" as one of these congregations. We are seeking a renewed and deeper understanding of our spiritual heritage in light of the teachings of Vatican II, current theology and the new science.
Prayer is both personal and communal, public and private. Personal prayer takes many shapes, styles and forms depending on the individual choice of the Sister. Communal prayer may include praying the Psalms, shared reflection on the Scriptures, the rosary, and shared, silent contemplation. Since the Sisters have lived among the people, parish liturgical celebrations greatly influence their private and communal prayer. The public prayer of the Sisters centers on the Sacraments, culminating in the celebration of the Eucharist