A Day Within the Walls: Benedictines

The Hours of the Divine Office are the splendid accompaniment, the preparation for, and the radiance from, the Eucharist. The Holy Scripture itself summons us to praise our Creator seven times a day and once at night (cf. Ps. 118). I went diligently to the choir to chant Lauds, the first Hour of the morning; afterwards I started my personal prayer.

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A Day Within the Walls: Carmelites

No matter how one may want to look at it, five o’clock is truly early in the morning; and it is at this time that the stillness of the monastery is abruptly broken by the alarm. Yet, in all my years in Carmel, the first words spoken by the Sister who turns off the alarm have never lost their fresh appeal: “Praised be Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, His Mother. Come to prayer, Sisters, come to praise the Lord!”

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A Day Within the Walls: Visitandines

St. Francis de Sales, our Holy Founder, providentially provided his spiritual daughters with a compact little book, called The Spiritual Directory, in which he “walks” his daughters through the day from “Rising” and ending with “Going to Bed.” The Directory is Jesus seen, heard and received by us, Jesus dilating and filling our hearts always.

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