A vibrant communal life is a support to growth in holiness and a fruit of the Holy Spirit’s action. In seeking one another’s good, supporting one another through prayer and service in sisterly affection, we encounter God through one another’s selfless love and are drawn together in Him. With the help of the Holy Spirit to live the great commandments – love of God and neighbor – we are enabled build up the Body of Christ, the Church.
Growth in Community
Frail and human as we are, living in common challenges our natural tendencies towards self-interest and provides concrete calls to live the Gospel. Thus community life prompts conversion of mind and heart as each press on towards perfect charity. In addition, the gifts and talents of each Sister consistently surprise and edify the others! Seeing our fellow Sisters’ personal growth is an encouragement to each member of the community in faithfully living our call. Thus life together becomes a small taste of the joy of the heavenly Jerusalem where we will all share in the fullness of God’s own life.
Loving one another with the charity of Christ, let the love you have in your hearts be shown outwardly in your deeds so that, compelled by such an example, the sisters may always grow in love of God and in charity for one another. – St. Clare of Assisi
Daily recreation is an important time as we share and laugh together, building friendships in Christ. On Sundays and Solemnities we have extra hours of recreation where we play games (inside or outside!) or have extended time to talk together. During the Octaves of Christmas and Easter, we recreate at meals and enjoy the festivities of the season together!
Music and Singing
I will sing to the Lord all my life. – Psalm 104:33
Make music to my God while I live…
Music practice is a part of our communal life. We meet together twice a week to prepare for the daily conventual Mass. All who can sing participate, and join in offering praise to our God. There are a large variety songs, styles and genera that are covered in one practice! From Gregorian Chant and hymns written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century, to new compositions of classics like the Ave Maria written by a fellow PCPA, one can taste the Church’s rich musical tradition year round.