The contemplative experience, the conformation to the poor Crucified One, the poverty of Bethlehem make our community an authentic evangelical choice, which in the papal cloister, expresses the totality of love in repeating the experience of the primitive Franciscan fraternity, “preserving the unity of exchangeable charity, the bond of perfection,” as our Mother Saint Clare teaches. Hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3,3), in the mystery of Mary’s “small cloister of the Holy Womb” (Letter 3 to St. Agnes), the cloister is the privileged means that allows us to be Christified, and it is also an expression of the highest poverty. Our evangelical life, besides being enriched by the inspirational sources of the Founder of our Order, St. Francis and St. Clare, also draws its Marian character from the life and writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Consecrated chastity, witness of the spousal love for Christ, the “poverty and humility of the Lord Jesus and His Most Holy Mother, lived as total expropriation, obedience “until death”, called by the Seraphic Father “sister of charity”, the papal cloister as a life that feeds only on God, “only necessary” and which by tradition is contracted by vow.
The Poor Clare of the Immaculate is conformed to Christ through her consecration to the Immaculate, “unlimited, unconditional and irrevocable”, in the apostolic commitment to make the Immaculate known, loved, imitated and glorified through continual prayer, self-offering and the sacrifice of praise.
Silence, penance and fraternal communion, which strengthens the bonds between the Sisters even beyond death, with prayers of suffrage complete our form of life.
The Sacred Liturgy, with which the Sisters praise God in the heart of the Church, is celebrated every day in Latin, in the form proper to the Tradition of our Monastery, and is intended to be the center and summit of the whole life of the community.