Spirituality of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate
We are sisters of Mary Immaculate and we draw our spirituality from Her.
We want to trust in God and obey Him, just as Mary
“Let it be your word for me.” (Lk 1:38)
Mary, regardless of public opinions, external circumstances or her own life situation, trusted God completely and did His will, even when she did not humanly understand where God leads her.
Sister of Mary Immaculate seeks perfect obedience to God and boundless trust in Him. She learns to seek and discern her will every day in ordinary things and in prayer.
We want to pray like Mary
“Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19)
Mary was just always with Jesus. She participated in His life and pondered and kept His words and actions in her heart.
Our prayer in the Marian spirit is a constant stand by Jesus. Not only in the chapel, but also in everyday activities. We build our bond with Him in the holy Sacraments, among other important in our spirituality is: adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditation and joint meditation of the Word of God and rosary prayer.
We want to look at others, their shortcomings and needs, just as Mary
And when wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no wine anymore.” (J 2,3)
Mary is close to our earthly, ordinary things. With the sensitivity of the mother, she deals with problems that seem insignificant and, as a result, cause great trouble. She reacts before we know we’re in trouble.
We learn from Mary the sensitivity to the needs of others, to notice problems that others do not pay attention to for comfort. We want to help those in need for their good and in the name of Jesus without expecting gratitude or recognition in return.
We want to continue and support the weak, the sick and the rejected, just as Mary
And next to the Cross of Jesus stood His Mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Cleofas and Mary Magdalene. (J 19,25)
Our Lady has experienced the great, unjust suffering and painful death of Her Son. He knows what a person who is excluded by society feels rejected.
Mary teaches us attitudes towards the suffering and dying. He continues to the end and support even a quiet, compassionate presence. We try to follow her in our apostolic tasks and in our daily lives.
We want to give our lives to others every day, serving them in simple activities, just like Mary
“Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.” (Lk 1:38)
Mary, despite the fact that she did not carry out any great and spectacular works in her life, played a huge role in the Work of Salvation of Mankind. But she didn’t do it with her own efforts. Her merit was only humility and servitude, and this allowed God to act in her and to do great things through her.
In our conduct and manner of being, we cultivate humility and a well-understood ministerial attitude. Simple and joyful service characterizes our spirituality. We have given our lives to God, just like Mary, and He calls us to give it to others in His name every day.
We want to shape within us the attitude of a loving mother towards all we serve, just like Mary
So when Jesus saw the Mother and the disciple he loved next to her, he said to the Mother, “Woman, behold your son.” (J 19,26)
Mary is our Mother; she is the Mother of all people. We turn to her with confidence, and she is never indifferent to our affairs and needs.
With the personal experience of Mary’s maternal love, we also strive to shape in our way of being the mother’s attitude towards those we serve and live with. In this way, we want to realize our vocation to spiritual motherhood.
We shape our Marian spirituality by living in a religious community according to the Constitution based on the Rule of St. Augustine
“This is my mother and my brothers. For whoever does God’s will, he is my brother, sister, and mother.” (Mk 3, 34-35)
Our environment of everyday life and formation is the religious community. Here we first realize our spirituality and charism. Living in a community that operates according to strict rules is the basis of our apostolic activity.
The main thoughts of the St. Augustine’s rule:
Give your heart and mind to God
Share everything in common
Live the poverty in the sake of Christ
Don’t boast in yourself
Praise God with a sincere heart
Temper the desires of your body
Be grateful for your sisterly admonitions and exhortations
Let the common good be more important than personal benefit
Persevere in times of misery and insufficiency
Serve the sick with genuine love
Be sensitive to the needs of everyone
Live in unity and forgive one another
Be obedient for the love of God
Serve when you are entrusted with an office
Apologize when you make a mistake
Follow this Rule in freedom