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Typical day of a carthusian nun

Study, work, lectio divina

The heart and the mind search for the Lord

Lectio divina

God speaks to us in the Bible, and that is why the nun meditates assiduously on sacred Scripture until it becomes part of her very being. By lectio divina, or reading prayerfully the Word of God in Scripture, she enters into communion with Christ, and Christ in turn reveals to her the Father.

« If anyone loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our dwelling place with him » John 14:23.

Like Mary who carefully preserved in her heart all her memories and constantly reflected on them, the nun immerses herself in the Word of God to listen to what the Spirit wants her at that moment.

The converse nun dedicates a half hour to lectio divina in cell after Terce; this enables her to be able to live on the Word of God throughout the whole day.



The cloister nun spends an hour in lectio divina, after which she devotes herself either to study or to manual work, inside her cell.

For a year and a half novices study biblical and monastic writings; doctrinal and moral theology come after. These studies proceed at a rate adapted to the needs of each one. They lay the foundations for a fruitful reading of the Word of God. The solitary does not read to keep pace with all the latest trends, but to nourish her faith in tranquillity and to sustain her life of prayer. Wisely ordered reading gives the mind greater steadiness, and is a support to contemplation.

…The body also participates

The converse sister works in an obedience. We call "obedience" the duty entrusted to a nun and, by extension, the place where she accomplishes it. For example, if a sister has the responsibility of cooking, both cooking and the kitchen where she cooks are her obedience. In order to allow them to better live their vocation, the work of the converse sisters is distributed in such a way that each one works alone, as far as this is possible. Whether it is washing the dishes or peeling vegetables, picking fruit or tending the garden, this work becomes an expression of their union with the Son of God in his love for the Father and for all men.

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