Consecrated life is a call from God
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” (John 15:16)
Vocation is a call from God. God calls those whom He wants and it takes a generous and trusting heart to answer "YES".
John Paul II said, “The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The vocation is a breathing of the Holy Spirit, who, at the same time as he genuinely shapes our fragile human reality, shines a new light into our hearts. He instills an extraordinary power that merges our existence into the divine enterprise.” (Rome, March 17, 1982)
“It is God who, from within, inspires in souls a desire to embrace…consecrated life.” (Directory of Vocations, 23)
“We wish to live in a state that “constitutes a closer imitation and an abiding re-enactment in the Church of the form of life which the Son of God made his own when he came into the world...” by the practice of the evangelical counsels, contributing in this way “to reveal the variegated nature and the multiple dynamism of the Incarnate Word of God.”” (Constitution #2)
We want to form the members of our Institute in great human and Christian maturity so that they reach the extent of the full stature of Christ (Eph 4:13).
As Sponsa Christi
As women religious we believe that our primary vocation is to be the "Spouse of Christ." By giving ourselves totally to Christ, the Redeemer of Man and the Spouse of Souls through the vows of our consecration, we fulfill our own femininity. This is a spousal gift: "The woman, called from the beginning to love and to be loved, in her virginal vocation finds Christ above everything, as Redeemer who loved until the end through the total gift of Himself, and she responds to this gift with the sincere gift of her whole self." (On the Dignity of Women, Mulieris Dignitatem (1988)
Aware of the Father's call and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, want to follow Christ, the chaste, poor, and obedient One. We want to take on His mind and His way of life. By imitating Mary of Nazareth, the exemplar of every religious woman, we desire to be signs of God's tender love towards the human race and to be witnesses to the mystery of the Church, who is Virgin, Bride, and Mother.
We should manifest with our works that we have God in our hearts because every tree is known by its own fruit (Lk 6:44), and faith without works is dead (James 2:17)