"The spirit of the Society is essentially based upon prayer and the interior life…”
These words, written by St Madeleine Sophie Barat in the introduction to the 1815 Constitutions, still hold true for RSCJ more than 200 years later. Prayer is the basis of our daily lives, our mission and interactions, our concerns for others and the world and our awareness of God’s presence and action throughout. As our 1982 Constitutions state:
“This contemplative attitude permeates our whole being,
helping us to live ever more united to Christ
in our relationships, our tasks and our ministry;
it becomes a powerful force
of conversion and transformation for mission.
In welcoming God's word
Mary gave Christ to the world.
In receiving the life of Jesus
we give ourselves with Him so that all may have life.”