Means of Formation
God wants to live within us. However, it is our task to make room for Him in our life. The Holy Sacraments, prayer and formation meetings help us to live in unity with Him.
- The Eucharist is a source of EVERYTHING, and that is why we try to participate in it every day.
- We constantly need the forgiving love of God which we receive in The Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- We undertake spiritual direction as far as it is possible for us.
- In our daily meditations, we allow Christ to shape our way of thinking.
- During adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we meet our Beloved ‘face to face’.
- By praying Lauds and Vespers, we join the liturgical prayer of the Church.
- We participate in the monthly formation meetings, as well as meeting in sharing groups on the days of recollection. We also attend the quarterly weekend retreats and the two-week Summer Formation.
In a famous page of the Confessions
, Saint Augustine expresses with great force his discovery of God, supreme beauty and supreme love, a God who was always close to him, and to whom he at last opened his mind and heart to be transformed: “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” (X, 27.38). With these images, the Saint of Hippo seeks to describe the ineffable mystery of his encounter with God, with God’s love that transforms all of life. It is a love that is limitless and that precedes us, sustains us and calls us along the path of life, a love rooted in an absolutely free gift of God. (Message of the Holy Father for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations)
Mother of Great Abandonment, Humble Servant of the Lord, I give myself to you without reservation
– so that Jesus can live within me more and more fully.