Contemplative religious communities are often cloistered or partiallycloistered—that is, they live separated from the rest of the world to bemore focused on prayer, includingprayer for the needs of the world. Ascloistered religious they rarely leavetheir monasteries, and all or most oftheir work is done within the monastery itself, depending on the degreeto which they are cloistered.
Members of contemplative religious communities focus on prayer,
DISCERNMENT ISdefined as reflecting onand praying about howto respond to God’s callto follow Jesus Christas his disciple in aparticular way of life.
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LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY SISTERSCOMPASSION ~ PRESENCE ~ PRAYER
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A meeting of the members of areligious community to discuss anddecide on policy, leadership, and thedirection of the community. Chaptermeetings can occur at several levels,from the local to the international.
A religious community’s particularspirit, way of life, and focus, whichgrows out of its history, traditions,and founder. From the Greek wordcharisma meaning “gift,” charismguides decisions about mission.
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