Before being missionaries the sisters are Christ’s disciples because mission is a way of being before action. Unless the missionary is a contemplative he cannot proclaim Christ in a credible way (R M, 91).
Contemplation is an intimate encounter with Jesus who transforms Sisters hearts making them desire only His honour. Blessed Mary Theresa wanted the experience of God, lived in prayer, to accompany the sisters’ activity and transform it into prayer.
The Sisters must bring the fruits of their encounter with Jesus to the apostolate, always living in God’s presence, their heart centred on God. This contemplative gaze is a continual practice of love for God, the disposition which turns all work into prayer (Reflections, 1904).