"Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to Him, He gives a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ - and you will find true life."
-Pope Benedict XVI
“Walking by the Sea of Galilee one day, Jesus saw two fishermen casting their nets in the sea and He said to them: ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him!” (Mt 4: 18)
“Come follow Me” says the Lord. Just as Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee and called His first disciples, so He continues to walk among us and to say: “Come Follow Me!“ The Call is essential because within that Call of Christ is all the grace and all the joy of the gift of following Him more closely. Here, in our Fatima cloister we are called to follow Christ in the footsteps or - charism - of St. Dominic. At his death, St. Dominic, echoing the words of St. Paul, said: “Imitate me as I have imitated Christ.”
God, Who is the Source and the Supreme End of all, calls some to be His more intimate collaborators in the ongoing story of salvation. Among these, some are called to remain, like Mary, at the feet of the Master, so that they may be all the more eager and receptive vessels of His teaching, His compassion and His mercy. These women, “free for God alone”, become more and more hidden, silent preachers of His grace and a praise of His glory. The Dominican Nun is at the heart of the Church and the Order of Friars Preachers. Faithful to her way of life, she grows continually in her love for Christ and in zeal for the eternal salvation of souls.
"The vocation of the Nun is fully and completely apostolic: unlimited by circumstances, place or time, it reaches out everywhere and always to all that regards the honour of her Spouse Jesus Christ and the salvation of souls."
-Ven. Pope Pius XII