On the back of each of our Christmas cards is printed the message All who send and receive our cards are included in the prayer of the nuns at Christmas [on the Irish language cards: Ina bpaidreacha an Nollaig seo cuimhneoidh na mná rialta ar gach éinne a sheolann agus a fhaigheann a gcártaí].
This is not just a pious sentiment. Prayer is what monastic life is all about. The nuns pray together in church seven times a day (beginning at 4.10 a.m. while it is still dark), and also have daily times dedicated to personal prayer. We also try to pray while we work, in an atmosphere of quiet and mindfulness of God. Some work is particularly conducive to prayer, especially manual work of a repetitive nature. Aspects of our card production, e.g. printing, scoring, and packing, are ideal for this. So as our cards are produced, at the various stages the sisters pray for those who will buy and sell, send and receive this particular card.
We also remember all our card customers in a particular way at Mass and in the Hours of the Divine Office at Christmas time.