Community Philosophy

 

We, the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama,


believe that we are drawn into the mystery of Christ Jesus


and are led by the Spirit


to praise and glorify God by a cenobitic life


according to the Rule of St. Benedict.


We are called to an intense personal relationship with Jesus


which demands a total giving of self


in profound union with the People of God.



Our life, centered on the belief


that the Risen Lord is in our midst,


is transformed by a continuous affirmation of God's love for us.


Through our monastic vows, we profess an openness to the Spirit


which leads us to fullness of life in Christ.


This faith life in which we seek God


is intensified and enlivened by contemplative living:


monastic Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, silence, solitude,


reverent use of created goods,


and supportive love of one another,


all culminating in the Eucharist.


In our call and transformation in the mystery of Christ


we are formed into this Community.


To live out this reality, we support one another in seeking God,


in affirming one another,


and in giving witness to authentic discipleship.


Within this Community we become bonded in a love


which reverences the unique gift of each individual


and expects from each member


corresponding responsibility for the Community.


Our life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ


overflows into a life of ministry;

we are called to be holy,


to witness joyfully to God's presence and love,


and to be a prophetic sign against the evils of our day.


As Benedictine women we are called to discern and

respond to the needs of the Church today,

especially those of a local church with which we share our charism:

praying, promoting good liturgy, proclaiming God's Word,


witnessing community, receiving guests, teaching, healing,


and working for peace and justice.


We believe that God is here and can be found,


and that a diversity of persons bonded into unity


shows Christ to a divided world.

 

-- revised 2009