Nuns of the Order of Preachers
We announce with joy the Solemn Profession of vows of our Sister Diana Marie of Christ Jesus, OP, which took place on the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary, 7 October. May our sister’s total consecration to God ever be a source of light and grace in the Church.
By their hidden life, they proclaim…
…that in Christ alone is true happiness to be found.
The Mystery of Enclosure
What is monastic enclosure? It is a radical response to God’s love, to His call to belong exclusively to Him. In her desire to pour herself out completely in love to God and for the salvation of all, a young women freely gives up even the good and precious things of this world. Through this radical dedication to the Lord Jesus, she is more and more conformed to His sacrifice on the Cross.
Conformed to Christ
“The enclosure therefore, even in its physical form, is a special way of being with the Lord, of sharing in “Christ’s emptying of himself by means of a radical poverty, expressed in … renunciation not only of things but also of “space”, of contacts, of so many benefits of creation”, at one with the fruitful silence of the Word on the Cross. It is clear then that “withdrawal from the world in order to dedicate oneself in solitude to a more intense life of prayer is nothing other than a special way of living and expressing the Paschal Mystery of Christ”. It is a true encounter with the Risen Lord, a journey in ceaseless ascent to the Father’s house.
Gift of Bride & Bridegroom
“To the gift of Christ the Bridegroom, who on the Cross offered his body unreservedly, the nun responds in like terms with the gift of the “body”, offering herself with Jesus Christ to the Father and cooperating with him in the work of redemption. Separation from the world thus gives a Eucharistic quality to the whole of cloistered life, since “besides its elements of sacrifice and expiation, [it assumes] the aspect of thanksgiving to the Father, by sharing in the thanksgiving of the beloved Son”. (Verbi Sponsa)
Sharing in the Mystery of Redemption
In the cloister, the Dominican Nun devotes herself totally to God and perpetuates that singular gift which the blessed Father Dominic had of bearing sinners, the down-trodden and the afflicted in the inmost sanctuary of his compassion (Constitutions, 35.I). This hidden life should open their minds th the breadth and height and depth of the love of God who sent His Son so that the whole world might be saved through Him. (Constitutions 36)