In August the Cambridge Community was joined by the Novice Mistress of the Dominican Missionary sisters and their novice who is sharing in the Novitiate programme with our sister in formation and the six novices of the Dominican friars. The formation programme includes among other things an introduction to religious life, seminars on the evangelical counsels of poverty chastity and obedience, as well as a course on the history and charism of the Dominican Order. As welll as this, the sisters in formation join with the sisters in teh Cambridge Community in all aspects of the liturgy and life in common, and all the sisters join with the friars for Mass and for Vespers. This joyful collaboration emphasises the familial aspect of the Dominican Order as well as allowing the friars and sisters to enrich each other by a shared formation.
Our capacity for knowledge and love has been put into us by the Father, the Creator, so that we may come to know and love, by a higher gift of knowledge, that of Faith and grace, the Three Divine Persons themselves. This is the foundation of prayer; its beginning, because as I have tried to show, our being made for knowledge and love is our “little door” into God’s “wonderland”.It is actually the ‘key’ which, if used with integrity, opens us to Truth with a capital T.