Never underestimate the power of prayer – Sister Pauline

Take time everyday to remember God through prayer, says Sister Pauline of the Carmelite Monastery in Vailima, Apia. 

The Monastery celebrated its 60 years anniversary since its establishment in Samoa in 1959 on Saturday, with 31-year-old Sister Pauline sharing her story with the Samoa Observer, on her daily life in the monastery for the past 10 years.

Sister Pauline said she entered the monastery at the age of 19 and could not explain in words how she felt when she got her calling.

The power of prayer has been her inspiration, with the Vailima villager saying she's never prayed numerous times and remained committed to the cause, until she entered the monastery. 

"I have never practiced the act of praying numerous times before I entered as I do now since I have joined. Even though I am not perfect, but it brings a message to the whole world that whatever we have, nothing belongs to us, everything comes from God.

"I am very happy and content that with the small act of prayer that I do every day it has a great impact on others’ lives. I wish everyone would just remember God for one minute within a day just to give thanks and praise to him that will be more than enough," she said.

While life in the monastery can sound so isolated and out-of-touch with the outside world, Sister Pauline says numerous people visit them and ask for their assistance to deepen their relationship with God. 

"I am a witness that so many people have come, but not only Catholics, other denominations visit us as well. They come because they want to deepen their relationship with God.

"During times we are not praying, we sew the vests for the priests and bake altar bread. I love playing music it enables me to use the talent God gave me to praise Him always but we don’t play music often but only during feast days. I play instruments like piano and guitar and also sing.

"I acknowledge God’s guidance for allowing me to become a Carmelite Sister. I pray for everyone like families, Samoa, and the world.

"I admit that there are times when I miss my family, they are still a part of me but whenever I pray I feel closer to them. Never underestimate the power of prayer to see you through anything in life," she added. 

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