Ora et Labora Pray and Work is the motto of the Benedictine Order, so prayer is uppermost in the life of the religious. The life of prayer finds its highest expression in the Eucharistic Celebration and in the daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours.
The daily schedule includes the Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina and Meditation. As a member of the Olivetan Benedictine community, the Sister is encouraged to recite the Rosary of the Blessed Mother and to cultivate a devotion to the Passion of Christ by making the Way of the Cross.
Reflection on the Stations
Community living expresses a personal union in a common purpose and a way of life existing among persons who belong to the same group. St. Benedict’s ideal is a school of the Lord’s service, lived according to the Gospel in Benedictine family life, in a contemplative-active lifestyle. Through their respect for one another, their sincere and generous service of each other, their support in crisis and their forgiveness of failure, the Sisters solidify their bond of unity and maintain the reality of their common life.
Sr. Lillian Marie Reiter
Sr. de Porres Polkk
June 19, 2011