Having experienced a Cloister Day, a young woman may wish to explore the Poor Clare vocation further by applying to do a LIVE-IN EXPERIENCE with the Community. This consists in a twelve-day stay with the Community participating in all that makes up the Poor Clare way of life. This is always an enriching experience which leads to further clarity on the question about whether or not God is calling her to this particular way of life.
A further extended period of six months, called the ASPIRANCY is recommended in order to further clarify the call. After this, a decision is made to apply to join the Community as a postulant or to explore other avenues.
Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.