Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Angelic Life

 Today is the Feast of the Great Archangels. It is so important to pray for their help, intercession and protection during these days of world conflict and turmoil. Saint Michael is a special patron for the spiritual warfare that is taking place in our world. Let us pray...
          St. Michael the Archangel, 
          defend us in battle. 
          Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
          May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
          and do thou, 
          O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
          by the power of God, 
          thrust into hell Satan, 
          and all the evil spirits, 
          who prowl about the world 
          seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 The consecrated life is often called the"Angelic Life". It is not because we are perfect spirits or something different than other human beings. It is because the consecrated, and especially the monastic, life is focused completely upon God. The life of the angels is one of worship and praise of God. We join them at every Sunday Mass when we say or sing, "Holy, holy, holy..." The monastic life is one adoration, worship, praise, intercession and reparation. In this way we share in the angelic life.
Whether we are at home in our monastery chapel or away on business, as the nuns above in the photo at the Motherhouse of the Nashville Dominican Sisters chapel, we are always going about the Opus Dei, the Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office. In this picture we are praying the Hour of Morning Prayer, but we return to chapel seven times throughout the entire day, every day to sing God's praises.

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