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A Life of Prayer at Bulacan

Contact

To reach the Community by mail, address your letter to: The Superior,
Augustinian Contemplative Nuns,
Mother of Good Counsel Monastery,
P.O. Box 196 M,
Novaliches, Quezon City 1123,
Philippines.
Telephone number: +63 918 897 6329. 

To e-mail the Sister Superior, use This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please understand that the nuns make minimal use of e-mail, hence time might elapse before a reply is received. If possible, kindly provide a postal address in your e-mail, so that news and literature can be mailed to you from the monastery.

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Silent prayer opportunities for individuals and groups are provided, and center on the monastic liturgy of the contemplative nuns of the Bulacan Augustinian community. The house of prayer can accommodate thirty persons in a combination of single rooms and two-bed rooms. For more details, click here

 

Prayer - A Way of Life

by Sr. M Monica OSA.
 
Jesus, who is Truth, does not allow for compromises. Instead, he nourishes us with himself to help us grow with him and in him.
 
At the center of the "Our Father," Jesus summarizes the desires of humankind and invokes the Father not to leave us without our daily bread. This is because Jesus knows our hunger and our restlessness, and so we can now experience "how beautifully the new Eucharistic bread is relayed to our daily bread, how the Eucharistic bread imparts its blessing to the daily bread.>
 
Prayer is an act of being. It is central to the person of Jesus, and sharing his prayer is the prerequisite for knowing and understanding Jesus. Prayer is transferring oneself into the body of Christ; an act of love which, as love for and with the body of Christ, and also love of neighbour as members of that body, necessarily and always recognizes and complements our love of God.
 
Communion with the prayer of Jesus therefore includes communion with all his brothers and sisters. Coexistence with his person, which derives from participation in his prayer, constitutes that wider existence which St Paul terms "the body of Christ." The Church, the "body of Christ," is the true subject of the knowledge of Jesus.>
 
The transcendence of our own life demands the way of prayer, not only private prayer but also the prayer of the Church, that is, the Sacraments. We should become one with the heart of Jesus in all aspects of our daily life, in our feelings, in our will and intellect, allowing ourselves to be intimately penetrated in the innermost recesses of our being by the life of Jesus.

Hours of the Day

  • 5:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 6:00 a.m. Holy Mass
  • Meditation
  • Personal Study
  • 9:00 a.m. Midmorning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m. Working Time
  • 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer
  • 2:45 p.m. Midafternoon Prayer
  • 3:00 p.m. Spiritual reading
  • 4:00 p.m. Working Time
  • 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Office of Readings
  • 8:45 a.m. Night Prayer
The bell awakens us at 5.00 am and at 5.30 am we begin the day by praising God through the psalms, recalling the resurrection of Jesus. The first words that come from our lips are directed to God as the first gift of ourselves.
 
The celebration of Mass follows. It is the centre of our life, and in the Mass each one of us offers herself together with Jesus.
 
On Sundays our neighbours celebrate the Mass with us, bringing to the Lord their sorrows, worries and expectations.
 
Mass is followed by forty five minutes of meditation, in which we dispose ourselves to let the Word of God touch our hearts and mind. This dialogue continues along the day.
 
Study helps us enter more deeply into the mystery of God. Augustine said, "Nobody can love what he does not know." (On the Trinity 8,4,6).
 
At 9.00 am, noon and 3.00 pm we pray the psalms of the Divine Office, offering our prayer for those who at that moment are busy with their work.
 
Work is also an important part of our life. Through it we share the condition of being human, and discover its true meaning: to be cooperative with the work of the Creator. Through bit we also give expression to our own person and obtain the means to support the community.
 
We gather for common meals, thankful to God for the nourishment received by our body and spirit.
 
Recreation after lunch and dinner fosters relaxed conversation and a happy, healthy friendship among the sisters.

Prayer

Prayer has been my teacher for all these years. When asked what prayer is for me, I answer with an image: "I am like a snail that travels with his house on, and prayer is my house."
 
That's why I am profoundly moved when I am asked about prayer. It has been a father to me, a mother, a sister, a friend…. food and drink, and joy of life. Certainly, prayer is a place and a space of maturity for me.
 
Prayer showed me the way. It brought me back to that fountain without which I cannot now live. It was prayer, the familiarity with Jesus, which brought me gradually to understand the two fundamental matters of any spiritual journey: the sense of the Cross and the necessity of asceticism - of a discipline of life.
 
To pray is to help make one's existence divine. It is to let the peaceful Will of God run throughout our daily activities. It is to let oneself be filled slowly but continuously by a divine wisdom. 
 
And this wisdom can at each instant remake our heart in the measure of the infinite humility of Christ. It can remake our being on the same measure as the Being of God, Who is love.
 
To pray, then, is to disappear, to become small. It is to adhere in the peace of abandonment and love, to the God Who loves us and Who through our prayer reforms our life. This happens moment by moment, day by day, until our life becomes divinely transparent. 
 
Prayer is a divine spark to which we have to dedicate the best time at our disposal, and our freshest energy. It is the first fruit of our soul, and is beyond human limitations.
 
The Monastery’s web site is www.augustiniannunsbulacan.org

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