by Sr. Evelyn A. Schumacher, O.S.F.
The essence of living the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience lies not in one’s apostolic activities, worthy as they may be. Rather, the vowed life finds its ultimate value in one’s intimate relationship with Christ, which must be rooted in heartfelt and continual prayer. In the IRL’s latest book, Pray Always! The Contemplative Dimension of the Apostolic Religious Life, Sr. Evelyn Ann provides rich reflections to prayerfully ponder this truth.
“Each chapter is filled with deep insight, reminding religious and other consecrated persons that their essential contribution for the Kingdom flows from their own personal pilgrimage of prayer. One’s spiritual life is the ultimate barometer of true apostolic effectiveness.” — from the preface by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.