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Hospitality is another char acteristic
of Benedictine life and the Jamberoo
Abbey offer s a peaceful, pr ayer ful place
for people to take time out of their busy
lives and rest awhile with God.
"That's par t of why we're here. We're
here for the people," says Sr Maureen
Therese. "We're here a s a witness and
a s an ear, listening to them, providing
space. I think that space and the silence is
ver y precious."
Sr Therese says she is often aware of
how blessed the community is by the
presence of guests.
"It's really the presence of Christ," she
says. "To be pr esent to another is really
the way to receive the per son, just as
they are, to be open to them.
"I think when they come here, our guests
find the peace that is really there within
themselves. Maybe the ambience, the
beauty, and the silence, enables people
to connect with that -- the peace that is
there, but is often stifled by the worries,
the cares, the noise, the clutter that
goes on. Coming here enables them to
just go deeper within themselves and to
reconnect with who they are and who
God is , too, in their life."
Under the guidance of the Abbess,
the Sister s have welcomed the Year
of Consecrated Life as a time of
thanksgiving and reflection on their
vocation and on Pope Fr ancis' call for
religious to 'Wake up the World'.
"I think that before I can wake up the
world I have to wake up myself," says Sr
Therese. "That's where I have to begin
and we as a community ar e called to
wake up. It's really the call to joy and to
live with the awareness that we are the
ones who bring Christ's love, hope, faith
and joy to other s. We have to become
Christ for each other, Christ for others,
Christ for the world. That's the great call.
So my r elationship with Christ is pivotal
in all of this. That's what really matter s.
"I think our gift to the world is really
to live our life here at The Abbey
authentically and faithfully, being
ourselves, being who we really are."
Please visit jamberooabbey.org.au.
O PRAY, SO WE PRAY
Sr Therese and Sr Maureen Therese at the entrance to the Abbey.
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