Our community is the place in which we live Christ’s command, ‘Love one another’, and in striving to do this we experience both the support and the suffering which are part of our commitment to one another in faith.
Dominican life is a particular way of becoming the person God is calling us to be. We do this in the company of our Sisters and brothers in the Order, inspired by the example of our Dominican Saints. We are guided by those who have gone before us, and offer us the example of their religious lives; those who have become, through the joys and sorrows of their own religious lives, the persons God called them to be. We are not trying to become another St Dominic, St Catherine or St Thomas. We strive for human freedom, following the example of Christ, giving to others what we have received through our relationship with God.
Our Dominican Community life is centred on our being followers of Jesus Christ and preachers of the Gospel, living together in community, faithful to the traditions of the Order. Following the Rule of St Augustine and guided by the Constitutions of our Congregation, we seek to live out more fully our baptismal calling, faithful to our vow of Obedience, together with a life of Poverty and Chastity. Our common life is centred on our Lord’s command to love God and one another.
We are sent out on our apostolate by the community and return to our communities to be refreshed by the prayers and goodwill of the community. We strive to share our faith and doubts with each other. In wrestling with the truth together we make sense of who we are, and what we are called to be in the light of the Gospel. Our community life together is a prayerful life, which enables a silence to listen to God and to each other.
Community life, when lived well, will make us who we are called to be.
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