What else is the cloistered life if not the continuous renewal of a “yes” that opens the doors of one’s being to welcome the Lord? It is in fact thanks to this stability and cloistered existence that you pass through this life without setting your hearts on earthly things, but striving constantly towards your goal. The nun, a pilgrim in her cloister, is always journeying towards the Lord. Each new morning she can sing with the Psalmist “ O God, you are my God whom I seek; and my soul thirsts... Thus have I gazed towards you in the sanctuary” (Ps 63:2-3). And with the Bride of the Canticle she can say: I will rise then and go about the city; in the streets and crossings I will seek him whom my heart loves”
In the monastery everything is directed to seeking the Face of Christ, everything is reduced to the essential, because only what brings one close to him is important. Therefore, how precious is your vocation of special consecration! It is truly a gift that is centred in the mystery of ecclesial communion, accompanying the apostolic mission of those who labour in proclaiming the Gospel.
(Blessed Pope John Paul II)