Our Spirituality and Charism
Missionary Benedictine Sisters - Who are We?
Our Benedictine Spirituality
For over 1500 years the Rule of Benedict has served as a guide for ordinary men and women who want to live a full Gospel life. Benedictines prefer nothing to the love of Christ. We know God is present in everyone and in everything. Therefore, our lives are characterized by deep reverence and praise for all of creation. Living humbly before the greatness of God enlivens us and draws us to peacefulness and joy. Communion with God comes through all aspects of our lives:
- Our community prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Eucharist, is the life-giving source of energy and charity.
- In our community life and ministry we serve God. Through hospitality we welcome Christ in everyone, especially the sick, the stranger and the under-served.
Our Benedictine Charism
- Live the Gospel, rooted in the Rule of St. Benedict, and to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Our founder, Fr. Andreas Amrhein, wanted to renew the idea of mission in the Benedictine tradition.
- Seek God in Community under a Rule and Superior, pray and work together, in mutual service, support and encouragement, sharing material and spiritual goods with those in need.
- Prayer life characterized by Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina and celebration of the Eucharist in witness to the presence of the Risen Lord.
- Participate in the mission of the Church, to proclaim the Gospel among people who do not know Christ, and where Christ is not sufficiently known, and where the Church is in need.
- Respect and affirm the plurality and diversity in our international congregation.
Our Benedictine Vows
God seals our wholehearted surrender in religious profession. By committing ourselves through our vows we are more deeply united with the life and mission of the Church. Thus our whole life is oriented to the service and glory of God. MBS Constitutions I: 14
Missionary Benedictine Sisters profess the vows of:
- Conversatio Morum: Encompasses our whole life as Missionary Benedictine Sisters; it is the way of following Christ in religious community under the guidance of the Gospel. It is a continual striving for conversion and seeking to be rooted in God alone.
- Consecrated chastity- Frees us for a greater love of God nad people and this love impels us to a more intensive apostolate.
- Poverty- We depend on the community for what we need. Our life of detachment is a sign that we are pilgrims hastening to our eternal homeland where our real treasure lies. MBS Constitutions I: 6, 8
- Obedience: The goal of our obedience is union with God and the fulfillment of His saving will in the world. Obedience presupposes and fosters personal maturity and genuine freedom. For obedience to be authentic, a person needs to render it wholeheartedly, willing to take initiative and assume responsibility. MBS Constitutions I: 10,12
- Stability: The unshakeable fidelity of the Lord gives us confidence and courage to preserve in our vocation. Stability binds us in a special way to our Congregation and helps us to live in community, together advancing towards our goal. Knowing that we are firmly bound to the Congregation wherever we are sent, we are strengthened in the fulfillment of our common task. MBS Constitutions I: 14