The four pillars of Dominican life are distinct, yet they are integrated into one another and complement and depend on one another. They aid us in living a balanced life, something we continually strive for yet never fully achieve.
Our life of prayer, both private and communal, is centered on Jesus Christ. “By the celebration of the Eucharist and Divine Office, reading and meditating on the Sacred Scriptures, private and intercessory prayer, the sisters strive to have the same mind as Jesus Christ” (Constitution 63). As we participate in the Liturgy, which is the living out of the Paschal Mystery through which Christ accomplished our salvation, we worship God and receive from Him the graces necessary for our sanctification, so that we may in turn preach it to others. It is by our prayer that we are able to live out the Dominican motto, “to contemplate and to give to others the fruits of our contemplation”.
One of the purposes of our common life is to witness our dependency on God and neighbor. We willingly share our lives with others, not just as people living together under one roof but we strive to be of “one mind and one heart in God”.
We live together, work together, pray together, hold all things in common, share a common vision and pursue a common goal. By living in community “we glorify God by our oneness with Him and each other in deep mutual respect and loving concern” (Constitution 9).
“The sisters hold in high regard both religious and professional study on a continuing basis” (Constitution 56). Our study is aimed at being a means of growth in love of God and service of neighbor. Although we reap benefit in our own spiritual and professional lives, the main purpose of our study is for the salvation of souls.
The mission for all Dominicans is to preach God’s love. We as Hawthorne Dominicans accomplish this in a specific way by preaching God’s love and His healing presence in the world through the ministry to His sick poor with incurable cancer.
Our Apostolate preaches the intrinsic value and dignity of each human being in their last stage of life. “Our apostolic fruitfulness depends on our commitment to a life of divine worship, prayer, study and the regular observances. As individual religious and as a Congregation, we can only give to others what we have taken time to receive from God through the essential elements of Dominican life” (Constitution 117).
The Four Pillars