The brothers and sisters of the Order of the Mother of God unite the contemplative life with the active life.
“It is God who accomplishes His Work. We are there like miserable little instruments. The more miserable and imperfect the instruments are, the more the power and talent of the divine Artist shines forth. He uses old brushes, all kinds of old tools and He makes beautiful things because the Artist is very talented.” (Fr. John Gregory of the Trinity)
At the Monastery of the Magnificat and in our missions, we work with our hands in all possible areas.
The Sisters are involved in all aspects of the household: cooking, dressmaking, mending of habits and liturgical vestments,
laundry, secretarial work, preparation of the publications of the Magnificat Editions, correspondence, dispatch of parcels,
collection of donations, care of and visits to families and the poor, etc, etc.
“The more the soul is detached from the earth, the more it can truly enter into prayer. In order to become souls of prayer in the full force of the word, souls truly united to God, one must be a sacrificed soul. One must strive for it, work for it, desire it. And in order to be able to sacrifice yourself, you have to pray, to ask God for strength.”
“Do you want to be souls whom God directs, instructs, assists, enlightens, counsels in every activity, docile souls into His hand? Be souls of prayer! This is the secret of the Saints. All the Saints have been souls of prayer, even those who had to lead very active, hectic lives.”
“Our prayers must be the reflection of a vehement, violent, ardent, boundless desire. It pleases God so much. -O Mary, my Sovereign, my Mother, I give myself to Thee; keep me always!”
“It is with humility that we must commit ourselves to this devotion to the Most Holy Rosary, without wanting to argue about everything. Those who recite the Rosary with simplicity and humility will reap the fruits that are attached to it. When you want to understand everything before you act, you never do anything.”
”Praying, crying out constantly to heaven, this is what the life of a Christian must be because we are in constant danger of sinking on the stormy sea of the world. Grace will be given to you in abundance, my brothers and sisters, according to the intensity of your prayer.”
“We're crippled, languishing... The help we need comes from the Blessed Virgin. She has found grace before God and God can refuse Her nothing. Jesus Himself is the Infinite Mercy and He is Her Son. Mary has the key to all divine mercies. Let us have recourse to Her. Let us ask for Her help, Her assistance.”
“I wish you the grace of being true servants of God, servants who put no limits to their gift, who will follow Jesus wherever He wants to lead them, servants who listen to His voice to carry out not only His Will, but also His least desires, with attention, precision, fidelity and cordiality.”
“Let us be contemplative souls of the cross and the Passion of Jesus. It was in this meditation of the Passion that the Saints found the courage to suffer everything on earth, to mortify themselves, to sacrifice themselves for God, to despise honours, to accept contempt, humiliations.”
“If we truly have God's love in us, a supernatural love, that love must make us tender, attentive to our neighbor's soul, but also to his body.”
“The happiness of eternity is union with God, but already on earth we must always strive for this union. This is the purpose of life and we miss it, we forget it so much! We are so easily distracted! In His mercy, God sends us sickness, old age to increase and perfect this union with God.”
“In order to be able to follow Jesus in His way of sorrow, one must really put oneself in prayer. Then God transforms us and gives us the strength to get through life's trials. May your prayer not be a prayer all focused on yourself, but rather on humanity which is so very much in need of being transformed, transfigured.”
“Dear Brothers and Sisters who bear the burden of suffering, you, the sick, the infirm, the poor, the oppressed, the abandoned... the Church of Jesus Christ reveres you as the suffering members of Christ. She knows that through your sufferings you have spiritual treasures in your hands and calls you to make them bear fruit, for your own benefit and for the good of the whole Church.”
“May the holy Mother of God give us the courage to do the penance which God expects of us: the fulfilment of our duties under His divine gaze, each one in God' sight, without ever judging our neighbour, but judging ourselves mercilessly. Let us never lose confidence. Let us beg God to have mercy on us, to show mercy, to heal us of our infirmities.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst to enter into the will of God, to be conformed to His will. This is justice. God is justice. One wants to be conformed to God, to His will, to His purpose.”
“The salvation of mankind was done on the cross and all supernatural salvation is done through the cross. It is THE way, it is THE road. Every day we would desire another way. But the cross is the only way. Let us submit to God. Let us worship His most holy, incomprehensible Will.”
“What you do to the least of Mine, you do to Me, Jesus tells us in the Gospel. In all our actions, in all our behavior towards our neighbor, let us ask ourselves if we really treat him as our Jesus whom we say we love.”