Community

Prayer

“Again I say to you, if two or three of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst” (Mt. 18:19-20).

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn.15:7).

The CDNK Sisters believe that prayer is the core of their consecrated life. The quotes above point to the importance of both communal and individual prayers in daily life.

Mother Felicitas, the first formator of the CDNK, emphasized the importance of prayer to her daughters with these words: “Prayer is like the air you breathe, the food you eat and the water you drink. Without these you cannot live. So, pray always! While you work, you rest, you walk, you travel, you eat, while you are happy, or you are sorrowful,…raise your mind to God in any circumstances.” Mother Felicitas taught her sisters to have constant conversation with God by using short prayers like: Jesus I trust in you, I love you God, I need you Lord, I believe in you… These are powerful prayers that unite a person with God as an unbroken chain. Pope Francis urges, “Our whole life is called, with the grace of the Spirit, to become prayer,” adding that the Lord “transforms us, day after day, making our hearts more and more similar to His.”

Being inspired by Mother Felicitas’ teachings, the CDNK Sisters surrender themselves totally to Jesus to be intimately united with Him, for the glory of God, through their loving services to all people. This union is nurtured by their daily prayers, in which they are longing to love Jesus unreservedly. In union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the sisters strive to accept God’s call to quench His infinite thirst of love and souls and become carriers of his love into the world.

Adoration

“Prayer is as necessary as the air, as the blood in our bodies, as anything to keep us alive – to keep us alive to the grace of God.”
—Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“But always stay awake, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man”
(Lk. 21:36).
“Prayer is a chain of life, always. The many men and women who pray sow life,” he said. “Even the smallest prayer, even the sign of the cross, is a statement that God is in charge”
—Pope Francis