Quotes from Sisters

Personal Testimonies and some questions we are often asked in the parlour:


Why did you enter an enclosed order such as the Poor Clares?

"For a life lived totally surrendered to God. Only prayer can reach where no words or actions can."

"To be with God, in union with Him, praising Him, thanking Him and interceding with Him for the whole world and trying to imitate Christ and His Mother."

"Once I became aware of the call to religious life I knew I had to do something about it ... a bit like a person who can't ignore a toothache! On the other hand it was God who was really "doing something about it". I just tried to be open to His guidance."

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Describe the "Call" or vocation to this Poor Clare life?

"I knew deep down I'd never be free until I tried to answer the call"

"Materially, I had everything, but I was resisting the call. Once I entered, I felt such peace descending and all my restlessness went"

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Do you miss home as you only see your family a few times a year?

"I expected it to be hard, because I knew I was leaving everything familiar and forever, but I also expected it to be a happy life. It was just as hard as I had expected, but also, it has brought joy beyond all my wildest dreams."

"Yes, I do miss my family sometimes, especially during family occasions but somehow I feel closer to them now that I have entered."

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How would you describe your Poor Clare life? Are you fulfilled?

"Am I fulfilled? ...strange paradox. Can you arrive at self fulfillment without self emptying? I have the capacity to transcend. In self transcendence I am focused on the other and on God. Now I am being led by values - these are chosen. This gives me my true identity."

"It has often been said to us "what a wasted life." True- Jesus, too had to contend with those words "why this waste?". But love doesn't count the cost. Love is its own justification."

St Francis' inspirational words to the Lord " You are all my riches" gave me a deep insight into what our poverty is."

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God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.        

Bl John Henry Newman